The hard times haven’t hit me like they have most, but I’m getting tired of churches begging me for money because they say their income is way down. I’ve got to think of my own future in case things get worse. Am I being selfish? — Z.A.
Only you can answer that question — but I hope you’ll face it honestly, because your answer will say much about what’s really important to you. It also may point you to an even deeper (and more serious) question: What place does God really have in your life?
You see, our pocketbooks are somewhat like a thermometer that registers just how selfish or unselfish we really are. If we’re selfish, it means we’re putting ourselves ahead of the needs of others — even those who are suffering. If we’re generous, however, it indicates we care about others and their needs, and we want to help them. The Bible says, “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor” (Proverbs 22:9). The Bible also commands us “to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18).
Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the Web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.