STOP AND THINK – There are three kinds of giving: grudge giving, duty giving, and thanksgiving. (Robert Rodenmeyer, author, educator)

Rodenmeyer defines the types of giving: “Grudge giving says, I have to; duty giving says, I ought to; thanksgiving says, I want to.” For many of us, with all the appeals for our money, it almost seems like “Trick or Treat” every day. So, we either don’t give at all or we give reluctantly. It’s a real joy, however, when we learn to give willingly to worthy causes.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)