For Gratitude Week at Incarnation

One of the first speakers I ever heard on the subject of giving—at a time when “stewardship” was an unfamiliar word in the Episcopal Church—said that Christians shouldn’t make donations to the church out of a sense of duty. Nor should they tithe because they felt guilty if they didn’t.

Rather, he said, Christians should make their offerings from a sense of gratitude for all that we have received from a loving God. We should give because we are thankful; we should give because we enjoy the fruits of God’s creation.

And not only is this the right attitude. It also feels better! —J. Douglas Ousley

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