I’m quite frugal with my money. So when it comes to toothpaste I try to get every little bit of paste out of the tube.
I’ll start off by squeezing the bottom of the tube. Then I’ll run my fingers up the tube making sure every bit of paste is up the top. Then, over time, if all the paste is at the top I’ll push the top to the left and to the right just to make sure every bit is out of the lid.
I’ll also start using less toothpaste just to make it last longer. By the end of the tube I think I’m just using paste that’s left over from my last brushing!!
I will only throw away the tube if it’s not humanly possible get any more toothpaste out of it.
When the new tube starts it’s a whole different story. I’ll squeeze the tube anywhere to get the paste out and I’ll lather the paste all over my toothbrush. It’s like a lavish toothpaste party when the new tube comes out!
And when that tube starts running out I’ll look back at how liberal I was with the toothpaste in the beginning.
It’s funny how when we have a lot of something we are more willing to use it up. But when something is scarce, we tend to dish it out very hesitantly.
It’s important for us to be good stewards with all God has given us, but He also loves a cheerful giver. If we feel we don’t have enough and we’re hanging onto the last of it then we’re unlikely to give generously to someone else.
Wisdom calls for us to find a middle ground. Let’s be open to learning how to give generously but be wise stewards of what we have.
Lord, You are the well that never runs dry. May we learn what is important to hold close and what is worthwhile for us to share. Amen.
At what end of the scale do you find yourself – giving liberally or stingily?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.