Monday, July 20, 2009

Considering Vows

Proverbs 20:25

It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly

and only later to consider his vows.

In the last few weeks, I had an acquaintance that was so moved by the story of a young woman, he offered to donate several thousand dollars to this woman and her family. Unfortunately, when it later came time to write the check, he began to consider and REconsider those vows. He did end up giving, but it was less than he had first dedicated and I don’t believe he did it with the same heart he had initially.

So what are your thoughts? . . . . .

A. Was he just trying to be seen?

B. If he couldn’t afford to do it, then why did he say anything at all?

C. Was he just allowing emotions to drive his decisions?

Well, let’s put this in another context.

Have you ever been at a church service where the guest speaker or even resident pastor asked for some random amount of money to signify some current occasion?

“Give $700 for the seven years of completion sermon;” or

“Bring $440 for the 44 years of the pastor’s anniversary.”

Did you do it, only to regret it later? Did you feel guilty after pledging money that you knew you didn’t have? Did you feel like you had to because EVERYONE was watching to see if you’d get in the $700 line down the prestigious center aisle as opposed to just the $70 down the left aisle?

Disclaimer: I’m not saying that anything is wrong with these requests or that one may not be blessed for adhering to them. As you will see, there’s a point coming up here shortly, so hold on church enthusiasts!

My position is simply that we shouldn’t be driven by emotions and dedicate a thing whether it be time, money or services in a hurried, abrupt or rash manner. Instead examine yourself, your time and your finances along with the situation and be sure that its an instance that will allow you to truly give freely and from a joyous place. Inquire of the Lord before making such decisions. Guilt and any sentiments similar to it are not God inspired.

Seek Wisdom, Find Wealth & Be Blessed

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