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05/30/2013

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Right Hand/Left Hand


"But when you give to the needy, do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret" (Matt.6:3).

Over the years, I have heard some interesting ideas on how and why one gives. Not letting one's right hand know what one's left hand is doing is as unique as it gets. Just reading that verse and giving some thought to what this metaphor means is challenging. Could the right hand be the gift and the left my good opinion about myself? Hmmmm... I think not... Could it mean that as much as possible one should keep their voluntary contribution a secret, even to themselves? By this I mean that one should forget about it as quickly as possible less they become "Little Jack Horner" and say, "what a good boy am I?" How can a person develop the right hand/left hand way of giving that Jesus proposes here? Maybe it is like the old Carnegie Hall joke... A man in New York City asks a cabbie; "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" The cabbie answers; "Practice... Practice.... Practice...." I think that we can develop this way of giving through practice. When we give so often that it becomes second nature, the right hand/left hand advice comes into play. Practicing something often enough makes memory paths that allow us to do the right thing without out even giving it much thought. I believe that Jesus wants us to give, but for all the right reasons and none of the wrong ones. It is never to be done with the spirit of seeking publicity. He teaches secret giving in the sense of being secret to one's self. The true Christian giver does not care how much men think of his or her public charity, or how little they hear about his or her private ones. I do love verse five also... "Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." That's good enough for me... How about you?

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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