2 Corinthians 9:6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.
The apostle Paul is taking up a collection from the Corinthian church to benefit Christians in Jerusalem. Though people may give what appears to be more than they can reasonably afford, Paul assures them God will provide for them “enough of everything”. There’s a name for this kind of mindset. It’s called “abundance”, which is the opposite of “scarcity”. Scarcity says the more I give, the less I have. Abundance says when I give God will make sure I have all I need.
Abundance doesn’t just apply in terms of our money, but our time as well. I’ve been writing this blog for over two years now and I’m still tempted to skip it more days than I’d care to admit. I see a busy day on my calendar and think how I could use that extra hour or so (which is about the time it takes me to read the three appointed bible passages for the day, reflect on them, choose one, write about it, and post it online). If I’m honest, it’s a battle I lose sometimes.
The last couple of months have been extremely busy for me, not just professionally but personally as well. Been traveling a lot for work. Had two children graduate recently, one from college (out of state) another from high school – which is great, but has wreaked havoc on my rhythms. I’ve skipped writing the blog a few times and my workout regimen has suffered. My keeping of Friday Sabbath has also declined. And don’t even get me started on my diet – which has been a complete train wreck since April. Not good.
Maybe you know what that’s like. Important habits get kicked to the curb for a time when life gets a bit out of control. It starts to take a toll. We convince ourselves there’s no time for spiritual disciplines, or working out, or eating healthy. But today I’m asking the Lord to help me get back on track.
Gracious God you know the wheels of my life have come off the last couple of months. I’m not proud of it, but it’s true. Give me grace to put my life back in order. Give me courage to invest time I don’t think I have, trusting your abundance to see me through. Amen.