The other day our Mission President read with us Mark 12:41-45
41 ¶And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Abundance and Substance. God's asking and requires from us a portion of our abundance, but what He really wants is a portion of our substance, a part of our hearts, where it hurts to give but we faithfully do it anyways. He wants people who work in the 4th quarter, when the body hurts and you're all beat up but you just keep giving more of yourself. He wants us to give part of our soul. He wants more from us. Are you giving of your abundance or your substance? Are you giving where it is easy to give or are you giving it all? When we give of our substance, we put our lives in His hands, and just like the great carpenter He is He makes us into something much better than we could have made ourselves into.
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
That was my spiritual thought! I love you guys! Can't wait to see the fam this Sunday! We will be skyping at more or less 7pm Guatemala time, Mom!!