Do you know what time it is in the Hollinger house? Spring cleaning time!
For the past two weeks, I’ve been running around by moving out of the house I lived in at MSU, spending a few days at my grandparents with all my stuff in my car, moving into my new apartment, going back home to Nashville for this week, and then I will move back to my new apartment in Starkville. That’s where I’ll be for most of the summer, but for now, I am moving and shaking from place to place!
With all of these moves, I’ve had the opportunity to sort through my clothes and other things. In many ways, I was shocked to think, “I keep all of this stuff with me?!”
“For I testisy that they gave as much as they were able,
and even beyond their ability.
Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the
privilege of sharing in this service.”
2 Corinthians 8:3-4
With this mind, I’ve been reading 2 Corinthians 8 about giving generously. Most times when I read this passage before, I always assumed that they were talking about giving our money generously, even above what we can afford. What I see now though, is that this passage refers to ANYTHING that we can give: clothes, books, our talents, ways to serve others, etc.
Notice, the Macedonians–the people that this passage is referring to–says that they pleaded for the PRIVILEGE of giving above their means. Isn’t that incredible?
So right now, here I am. My mom’s closet is done, and my yellow bedroom is next! Wearing work clothes and a sense of determination to boot, I pray that God will give me this sense of privilege through cleaning out and giving beyond my means. If you are doing spring cleaning, I pray He will do the same for you 🙂