Malachi: Mom, do we get to keep these glasses?
Me: Yes, those our ours to keep.
Malachi [holding one specific pair of glasses]: I want these to be mine.
Me [in an upbeat voice, trying to encourage him positively]: They are for our whole family to share.
Malachi: Good, I will share. These are mine.
It's easy to laugh when it's a 4-year-old. But adults aren't any better, you know. David wrote in Psalm 24:1,
"The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,Yet we don't really think about things being God's. It's more like, this is MY stuff, MY house, MY car, MY money, MY job, MY children, and so on. Sure, I'll share, give some of MY money to missions. It goes another way, too. I've always disliked fundraising. I don't want to ask you to give YOUR money, YOUR time, YOUR resources for MY cause. This is messed up!
the world and those who dwell therein"
A missionary friend told me recently (when I was up against the thought of fundraising), "God's economy is not our economy." She holds a better perspective of Psalm 24:1 than I did. I challenge you to change the way you think about the blessings you have been given. Shake it up a little. Give in faith, and ask in faith. If you need some help with this, Managing God's Money by Randy Alcorn is a good place to start.