Giving

From the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation - Questions for a Money Autobiography, Pt 2 - May 2018

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

From Writing a Money Autobiography by Dan Dick.  A money autobiography is a reflection process on the role and influence of money and material possessions in our life. It challenges us to explore the past to see how our attitudes, assumptions, and values concerning money and wealth were formed.

Values Questions concerning money & wealth:

  • In what ways are you a spender? A saver?
  • In what ways are you generous? Stingy?
  • Although money can’t buy happiness, what are some of the things money can buy that bring happiness?
  • What do you like best about money? What do you like least?
  • What things in life are worth more than money? How does your lifestyle reflect the relative importance of these things to money?
  • How has gender influenced your thinking about money? What differences do you see in how men and women relate to money?
  • Which of the following words best communicates your attitudes and feelings about money? Why? Money is… power, security, hope, love, pleasure, prestige, dirty, value, anxiety, identity, a tool, freedom, protection, evil, comfort, fun.
  • Reflect on times when you have given to meet the needs of another. Or, when you were on the receiving end of a gift? How did you feel?

It is useful to create a money autobiography journal to record your thoughts, reflections, and feelings. Then, you can return to the money autobiography journal months and years afterward.

Sue Koch