How to be a Godly Giver
Adapted by: S.C. Mathisen
“Woo-hoo!” Stanley shouted as he ran around in a large circle in the Johnson back yard.
“I got five whole dollars for my birthday! Wow! What can I do with all this money?”
Stanley stopped and looked at the crisp five dollar bill in his hands, “I know, I can buy candy, lots and lots of candy!”
“Hang on there, little brother.” His sister Susie said from the back porch of the house. “What else should you do with that money?”
Stanley stopped and said, “Huh? What do you mean? Money is for spending, right?”
“Not always, not all of it anyway,” said Susie.
“That’s right.” said Susie’s friend Johnny who had followed her out of the back door with a half eaten Oatmeal Raisin cookie in one chubby hand and a glass of milk in the other.
“Ok, what should I do with it? Stanley asked.
“Isn’t your Sunday school class doing a coin drive to raise money for those missionaries taking care of those orphans down in Mexico?” asked Susie.
“That’s right”, spoke up Johnny as he took a big bite out of the cookie in his hand.
Stanley walked over to the steps going up to the porch and sat down looking sad.
“You mean I should give away my birthday money to the orphans in Mexico?” he moaned. “I don’t want to do that. I want to buy candy for me, not those orphans in Mexico I don’t even know.”
Susie leaned over and roughed up Stanley’s hair, “Not all of it Stanley. Most people say that we should give back 10% of what we get back to the Lord as thanks for what He gives us.”
Stanley stood up, turned around and looked his sister in the eye, “But God didn’t give this money to me. Grammie Susie gave it to me.”
Johnny leaned on the back porch railing and said, “Stanley, God gives us everything that we have; even the stuff that we get from our parents and grandparents. God made everything, He owns everything and so everything that we have comes from Him.”