The Worst Possible Time to Give

The Worst Possible Time to Give

Just a few weeks before I quit my stable job to raise support and go serve internationally my friend invited me on a road trip. We went to a Bible school graduation in Dallas. I didn’t know the person graduating, and if I had known what would happen on that trip I probably wouldn’t have gone.

In the middle of the graduation the founder of the school got up and asked ten people in the audience to consider giving $1000 each to the school. When the words came out of her mouth my heart sank. I knew I was supposed to be one of those people.

I had saved $5000 in preparation for quitting my job. It was the most money I had ever had in my life. But, I knew God was calling me to give part of it away. So I did the spiritual thing.

I jumped up and ran out of the building.

My friend Jacoby followed me outside. “Are you ok?” He asked.

“Ya, I’m fine,” I said, charging ahead, trying to get as far away from the building as possible. We walked in silence until we arrived at a McDonalds. I ordered a Big Mac.

Seated at a booth, my friend wouldn’t back down. “Dude, I know something’s bothering you. What’s up?”

I sighed and explained my predicament. My friend let out a roaring laugh. I motioned for him to quiet down. He was drawing attention to us. “So you think that by leaving the building you’ll get away from that?”

I could feel my cheeks getting red. “No, well, I mean . . . I don’t know. This is just really bad timing to be giving away money. That’s my backup fund.”

“Dude,” my friend thundered. “If God told you to give, you’d better obey. Now!”

So, I did. I gave $1000 away. Then, to make matters worse, over the next few days I felt God asking me to give away almost all of my safety net in what was, at the time, very large chunks of money for me.

I believe that moment was a tipping point in my life. Through it, I learned that the best time to give is usually when it hurts the most. When everything within you says you should focus on self-preservation, but you still give, something powerful happens. It frees you from fear and activates faith. You acknowledge God is your only true source of confidence and security.

If you are in a crisis or struggling I’d like to make a radical suggestion. Maybe this is the best possible time for you to get out there and be generous. Give of your time, talent and treasure. Just give what you have, no matter how small, until it hurts.

Then get ready, because it always activates something amazing. Great things begin to happen when we choose to give at the worst possible time.


Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38