“…I will not sacrifice to the Lord (that) which cost me nothing.”
2 Samuel 24:24
It’s a long standing joke with The Husband and I that he is just a naturally kind person, born that way, so doing nice things comes easy for him.
I, on the other hand, have a couple of go-to reactions to most situations: anger or overwhelmed.
“When I do even the smallest of good deeds, it physically pains me.” I tell him jokingly.
We have this exchange often, most recently, just a few days ago.
This morning he put down his Bible and smiled, “ya know, we may be on to something about certain sacrifices being easier for some people”.
He told me the story of the chapters he was reading, in short, David was going build an alter to God and he needed to buy land on which to do this. He went to the owner of the land to ask about a price. The owner told him to take whatever he wanted, after all David was the king.
But David said no. He wanted to pay a good price for the land because:
“I will not sacrifice to the Lord (that) which costs me nothing”
“I’m going to be more careful about going the extra mile” The Husband said, “to go beyond what’s comfortable and onto what’s costly.”
I’ve been thinking about that, and for me, giving what’s costly can be as simple as a soft tone of voice when harshness is what I really feel, or giving a quiet hug instead of the long list of “helpful” advice I have screaming in my head.
“Father, help me today to go beyond what’s comfortable and onto what’s costly”
I’m wondering… what would costly giving mean to you?
~Sending love your way my sweet friends~