🎵Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was heeeee. He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the LORD he wanted to seeee. 🎵
Most of us heard that song growing up, and now our kiddos listen to it. The Lord has been talking to me lately about something specifically: money! I tried to ignore it, but….well, that never works like we plan, right?
Let’s Take a Little Step Back
I am an Entrepreneur-or as we like to call ourselves in our little corner: EntreprenHER- and have my own social networking business. Ooof, see, I already did it. I called it “my own” business. But it isn’t really. It’s GOD’s business. He let me live on this earth, and He is the King of ALL creation. Deut 10:14 tells us ” To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” It doesn’t say anything about us owning this or that. It all belongs to HIM.
With That in Mind…
That’s why we are supposed to “tithe” or “give away” some of what we have. I want to study more into the 10% and all that jazz and learn about that for my own self. There are so many arguments about that these days, and that is NOT what this post is about. Today is just about GIVING in general.
Back to EntreprenHERs…
When I first started with this company I bargained with God “Okay God, once I make $500/month in earnings, I will give half away.” Yep…I said that. I told HIM that’s what I was going to do. I mean, we are already tithing/giving off of my husband’s salary. I felt kinda icky about it but I thought about it with a “fair is fair” mentality. Honestly, it’s FAIR that HE gave me life and I’m even freakin here on this planet and am able to be a WAHM to begin with. How spoiled rotten of me to think the way I had been. A few weeks later it’s laying REALLY heavy on my heart about waiting until I get to $500 to give away half. Let’s look at what it says in Luke 19:8: Zacchaeus said ” Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Wow. That’s a LOT. BUT, this dude was a tax collector. He had all kinds of money, so who cares if he gave HALF away, right? He’s still wealthier than most, I’m sure.
Well, let’s flip back a few pages in our Bibles to Mark 12:41-44. The Widow’s Offering. Back in the day, widows had to deal with a LOT-and all alone. All these other people are coming to the place of offerings and giving a percentage of all their monies. Not enough to really effect their livelihood. Sound familiar? But this poor widow, gave what she HAD. Not 1, 5 or 10%. In verse 44 Jesus tells us “They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in EVERYthing–all she had to live on.” Talk about selflessness.
In this day, widow’s oftentimes had nothing unless they had family to take her in. There were quite a few homeless widows. Remember in the Old Testament when the widow came to prophet Elisha because debt collectors were going to take her two young sons as slaves since she was unable to pay her husbands debts? Being a widow is hard in any day or time, but back then there weren’t all these federal programs we have today-it was a TOUGH time for sure. But this widow showed UP and showed OUT and most likely never even knew the impact she had for generations and generations to come. This woman only had two coins, and she GAVE IT ALL.
So who am I, wife of a well-salaried man, choosing my entrepreneur life to pay off debts sooner, to choose to bargain with God; You gimme 500 and i’ll give away half.. Oooof, yall, this STINGS! I am not normally just an arrogant, prideful fool. I LOVE to give. I give ALL the time in different ways. Except this time I was being a fool. The bad thing is that I felt it deep in my heart and soul but was still choosing to be selfish.
Immediately after how ridiculous my “deal” was with the LORD of ALL CREATION, I prayed that I would begin NOW in giving half of my earnings. I went back and calculated all I had made already in June and then prayed for that $$ and where it should go, because I had not a clue.
A DAY later, a lady I am friends with on FB posted that she knows of someone fleeing a domestic violence situation and needs money to help get a hotel room. I reached out to her and said “Hey. I have $57 for you….”
SO learn from my selfish mistakes, and do what I DIDNT. Ask GOD what HE wants you to give of your salary. Don’t be me and Zacchaeus and wait for God to show up to give. Be like the widow: just give ALL you can. God WILL reward you.