Luke 21: 3-4

“I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Insight: I don’t know about you, but I am generally not a huge fan of leftovers (unless it is Thai food!). Even the best meal just doesn’t taste quite the same after it has cooled down and then been reheated. This story in Luke makes me think about how often when it comes to giving, do I give out of my “leftovers”? With my time, my finances, & my abilities do I give to God first, with the best that I currently have, or do I give out of what remains after I have met all my own needs and desires first? The first way of giving says “God, I give out of love for who You are & trust that You will provide” while the second way says “God, I give to You out of obligation & convenience”.

Prayer: Father, it’s so easy to only give to You after I make sure all my bases are covered - not just with money, but with my time and my energy as well. But I never want to give to You out of my “leftovers” - I want to give to You out of my best. Help me to resist the temptation to hold back until I know everything is taken care of and then see what I have to offer You. Instead, I want to be like this widow - trusting You with everything even when it seems like I have nothing left.