to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.
America really understands lavish living. Even if we can’t afford to we still find a way. Cough, cough…credit cards…cough.
We are all about the Benjamins baby. Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M!
We are so rich we have first world problems. We do not just have roofs for our homes we also have them for our cars. I’ve got all sorts of first world problems.
The average American is in $7,000 credit card debt and yet the average American still doesn’t feel like they have enough.
When it comes to spending a lot of us have money dysmorphic disorder. It’s the equivalent of body dysmorphic disorder where a person thinks they are fat when they are not, or balding when they have an afro, or have extra large nips when in all actually they are normal sized. I wasn’t writing from personal experience on that last one. It was about a friend. Shut up. It’s not about me. Stop!
The point is that when it comes to money most of us feel like we never have enough. We think, “As soon as I get that raise I’ll have enough.” Only we get the raise and it’s still not enough.
We love to live lavishly. I think that almost everyone reading this does.
I was recently challenged with a thought. What if we gave lavishly?
Would giving lavishly to one person, need, or cause actually make a difference?
I think that most of us would say yes. In fact I think that most of us want to make some type of difference. Maybe it’s not with lavish generosity but we want to do something.
So why don’t we do more?
Drop-in-the-bucket effect – If we feel overwhelmed by the scale of the problem, we often do little about it.
The thought is there are so many problems that no matter what I do it won’t really make a difference. It’s the drop-in-the-bucket effect. But what if it did?
Earlier this year some one gifted us a cruise. That was a very lavish gift. It was amazing! It blew us away. It made a difference in our marriage.
This year someone gave our church a fully furnished church building. That is lavish. It has made a HUGE difference in our church. HUGE, I say. Gigantor.
My small group recently heard of an organization for young pregnant soon to be single moms. We asked what they need. They needed a baby shower for two of their moms. I feel like the amount of gifts, food, and decorations we had was very lavish. I hope that this made a huge difference in their lives.
I know you can’t do everything. I know you can’t meet every need. I know I can’t fix every problem. But what if we attempted to give as lavishly as we spend? I think it would make a world of difference to someone.
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
You see we do not love God first. He loves us. But the way that it works is that after you have received His love you then give it back to God and to others.
How does God love us? Lavishly. So ultimately our response is to love others the way that we have been loved by God. To love lavishly would be showing people a glimpse of God.
If you could give lavishly today what would you give?