Give Until It Feels Good

On a recent mission trip to Malawi, Africa, Jon & I were teaching a program called CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation). This is a program that, in a not very subtle way, triggers community awareness of the health risks resulting from open defecation. The Malawian leader who was responsible to teach CLTS to the local villagers stated quite matter-of-factly that if he & his team were going to be able to teach CLTS, they were definitely going to need TTIG.

TTIG? Did we miss this in the manual? What was TTIG? He responded, “Total Trust in God.”

“Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” 

– Mark 12:41–44

Talk about TTIG! The widow excelled in TTIG! She didn’t hold anything back; she gave all she had. She totally trusted in God and her giving reflected her heart. The rich people, on the other hand, gave only out of their surplus. Their giving reflected their hearts as well…

“True sacrificial giving is when we do without something we would otherwise have so that God’s work will be advanced.”

– Dr. Daniel Akin

Sacrifice. God gave us Jesus, his Son. Jesus gave his life. We can’t compare to that, but we can respond to it. With TTIG.

Jon & I have personally seen and experienced the results of sacrificial giving at NorthPointe. Because of sacrificial giving, our friends at NorthPointe India, in a country that is only 2% Christian, are sharing the Word of God and the love of Jesus.

Because of sacrificial giving, Jon & I picked up a Good News Packet at a NorthPointe Christmas program and rededicated our lives to Christ. Because of sacrificial giving, our son accepted Christ as his Savior at a camp for NorthPointe Kids.

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church has commented on the phrase “Give until it hurts…” but he doesn’t recommend doing that at all! Instead, Pastor Warren says to “Give until it feels good.”
What comes from giving until it feels good? Joy, peace, and eternal impact.

Questions & Applications

Have you taken time to look at your giving with an eternal perspective? What does your giving say about your heart? Does your giving reflect your Total Trust in God?


Dear Lord, The sacrifice you made for me is overwhelming. Help me to respond to you with gratitude and trust in both my living and my giving. Amen.