The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving. (Psalm 37:21)
These are tough words in a culture of credit cards. But more than a cultural critique, the psalmist sings to change a mindset. Do I sense that I am entitled to whatever I want whenever I want it, without thinking of the other? Or do I keep noticing God’s gifts (even in times of economic downturn) and creatively imagine how I can be generous? Or am I a complicated mix of these mindsets? Probably, most of us are a mix. The Holy Spirit keeps calling us to move toward righteousness so that we might be in our “right” mind, so that we might taste the joy of giving.
This message is an excerpt from the November 2012 issue of Café: “Being Thankful” by Joy McDonald Coltvet.