Stewardship: Abundant vs. Scarcity Thinking

How you view the world affects how generous you are. If you think that there is limited resources, then you will likely be more reserved in giving. This is called “scarcity thinking.” I think this is quite common. Especially if you grew up in a home where you heard parents worry a lot about money and paying the bills or not having enough. Generosity is not our normal human condition ... one of the first words we learn to say as a child is "mine." Our culture thrives on scarcity—the advertising world tells us that there is never enough.

But as we mature in our faith we can learn to have “Abundant Thinking.” This attitude is one that trusts that God will provide. That God is a God of abundance and not scarcity. You can look at all the stories in the Bible where God provide: the manna from heaven in the wilderness, the last jar of meal for Elijah that he shares with the widow and her son, Jesus feeding the 5000 with a few loaves of bread and a few fish. We see again and again that our God is a generous God.

In the explanation of the first article of the Apostle’s Creed, Martin Luther writes. “God daily and abundantly provides shoes and clothing, food and drink, house and farm, spouse and children, fields, livestock, and all property – along with all the necessities and nourishment for this body and life.”

So try to fight off scarcity thinking. It causes us to worry and fear. Instead trust that God is generous and will provide. You can even try this out by giving more then you usually give to the church and see if God will provide.

It takes a leap of faith to enter into the world of generosity. However, the leap is worth it for all concerned.

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