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"You Get to Be Generous"Stuart JonesWe may not admit it, but we like rules. It all starts when we are children. Don’t cross the street without holding hands, no running in the hallway, stop drop and roll, and the list goes on. Those rules - like them or not - stick with us and when we are young they guide us and keep us safe. As adults we cling to similar, simple rules to guide us. When it comes to money we have a number of those little rules. Never discuss money, my money-my business, a penny saved is a penny earned (OK, we’ll adjust for inflation, a twenty saved is a twenty earned), and on and on. The focus of those rules all seem to be very selfish; they are all about my money, saving for me, taking care of me. Simple rules and guidance can be very helpful, even when it comes to money. Jesus provides us with a very simple rule for dealing with our blessings of money and resources, “Give and it will be given to you.” Along with this rule He provides a good motivation for us to give, “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) In Malachi 4:3 we read, “Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” We are nearing the end of our One Shot campaign. The opportunity to test the simple rules is here. Give and it will be given to you!