What’s In Your Offering?

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Photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wtlphotos/3111558481/">Dr. Wendy Longo</a>

Malachi 3:8-12

“So you think you can rob God? You think I’m fooled so easily? ‘We’d never do such a thing!’ you say. And yet your charitable contributions and your gifts are empty. Damn the whole lot of you for robbing me. Bring something really worthwhile to my house. If you’re going to bring a gift of food, at least make it something edible. Go ahead, try it! See if I won’t rain down blessing on you. I’ll turn away the locust swarm, so your harvest will be rich. I’ll make sure your vines won’t wilt,” God says.

“Then everyone will say how lucky you are because of how wonderful your land is,” says God.

There’s something to be said for the old saying that if something is worth doing it’s worth doing right.

Especially if you’re doing something for someone. You can’t expect much appreciation for something done with a grudge, or done only half way.

If what you’re offering to someone as a gift isn’t really the best you have to offer, don’t expect them to treasure it.

Most people can see right through a gift insincerely given. Most people can tell when you’re just phoning it in, when your heart’s not really in your work, when you’re putting in time but not putting in the passion. And if most people can tell, any God worth talking about can tell, too.

When you’re putting your passion into your work, and when you’re doing your work as a real offering of love to the world – whatever that work is, whatever service you offer – that’s when things start to move. That’s when people start to come together around your mission. That’s when putting in the effort starts to pay off.

Not to mention, that’s when you will find that in spite of it’s being the hardest work you’ll ever do, it’s the work that will bring you the most happiness.