Bishop’s Lenten Book Study Week 2
March 8, 2017
Reflection on Chapter 3-4 of the Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
You know that old joke: the preacher is in the pulpit and is trying to encourage the congregation to give more so he says, the problem is not that we don’t have enough money. The problem is it is still in your pockets.
The fear of scarcity is as old as the Bible. Scarcity of money, scarcity of courage, scarcity of self has been around since the beginning and yet God has from the beginning told us the opposite. God has and continues to tell us that we matter, that God will take care of our needs just as the birds of the air are taken care of and yet we feel somehow unworthy of such grace.
Over the years as I have spoken with individuals who have had a conversion experience what they share with me is how much they have come to know God loves them and with that knowing, they have come to know abundance: God’s abundant love which translates into abundant life. Their new way of being brought with it a freedom.
In the early nineties, I had a conversion experience that led me to be more generous with my life and my resources. This conversion was so powerful that at times it overwhelmed me. The way I thought about giving and receiving completely changed. God’s abundant love for me gave me the freedom to be generous. This did not mean I had unlimited resources. I did not. God didn’t suddenly put money in my bank account. It was the grip of God’s love that freed me to want to give back in response to this love. It was my heart that was changed, which in turned changed how I responded to others. God’s love really is sufficient.
How is love changing the way you respond to God? Is it enough for you to be fully alive?
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