I have just read Being Charitable about a resolution by a friend of mine to give small amounts of money regularly to charity. This is something that resonates with me too. She says:
I’ve started to wonder, if the thousands and thousands of people who are like me, with the same size income as me and the same reticence and paralysis when it comes to changing the world as me, set up a couple of direct debits – perhaps we might actually change the world and change ourselves in the process.
The effect when we give money or the equivalent is so liberating and beautiful, and hopefully you have experienced the almost cripplingly sweet effect of receiving out of the blue, when you were not looking for it, as well. I would not want to think that anyone reading this blog does not know the upside down way beyond ridiculous return that stays with you throughout your life of stepping out of your way, of freely giving and sacrificing, for the sake of a felt need. And the return that rebounds on you, reminding you to do it again, and again, and again. For in our emptying, we are brimming.
Into His likeness…