There is an old story told about a travelling preacher who had the custom of passing his hat around the crowd to collect an offering. He would always say a prayer of thanksgiving after the hat had made its way back to him.
One day, the minister preached his heart out and then gave instructions about the offering. This particular crowd was quite stingy, and no one put anything at all in the hat. People gathered there were wondering what possible prayer of thanks the preacher could offer, given the woeful results of the attempt to collect an offering.
The preacher received his hat back, saw that it was empty, and bowed his head and prayed, “Dear God, I am so thankful that I got my hat back!”
Let us be careful that we don’t find ourselves numbered among the stingy!
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”–2 Corinthians 9:7.