Radiant: ?Giver?s Glow?
?Giver?s glow? is the term that Stephen G. Post (director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics at Stony Brook University) uses to describe what happens in our brain when we give generously. Our brains are wired to release dopamine and endorphins that produce a happy satisfied feeling when we give to something outside of ourselves. The psalmist writes, ?Those who look to God are radiant? (Psalm 34:5).
Something happens to us, both spiritually and biologically, when we look to God for guidance on how to use our resources. The fear-based climate of our culture fades away in the light of a generous God who gave His only Son for us. Scripture challenges us to give a tithe or 10% of our income. There are lots of questions about tithing. Is this 10% of your net or gross income? You choose. Does giving to other non-profits or charities count toward your 10%? You decide this too. Can you gradually work your way towards this goal, or do you have to start giving 10% right now? Again, you decide which decision is best for you and for your family.
I encourage you to pray with me and my family about our financial gifts to Melissa UMC. On November 13, we will be celebrating our commitments in worship. There is guaranteed to be a radiant glow as we make these financial and faithful commitments.