Recently, I realized I have never given more than I can afford to give.

There was a tragic fire at Village Oaks. One day after the fire one of the families came home from visiting a family member at the hospital. They walked in to a living room with furniture. When they left, the room had been empty. It was the opposite of a robbery!

I was visiting the family a few hours after they had come home, and they started to thank me for helping furnish the living room. I had no clue what they were talking about, and made it clear we were not involved in the generous gift.

I found out the gift was from a resident. This resident gave away her furniture to the family in need! She told no one and asked for nothing in return. Then, she rented some furniture for her apartment for the time being. With rent due and other bills to pay, this resident very literally gave more than she could afford to give!

She is the woman Jesus describes in Luke chapter 12:

He said, "The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they'll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford-she gave her all!"

Our community is a wonderful community of incredible people. And, I am so grateful to know a woman who is challenging me to give more than I can afford to.

Will DowellVillage Oaks