“He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one as he has made up his mind (προαιρεῖσθαι), so let him give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9: 6-7)
God grants me the diginity of having a choice, in this whole business of self-offering and giving. Just as He has given me certain gifts freely, just because He wanted to, so does He leave it to me to share of these gifts, if I want to.
That’s why the cross-carrying, self-giving way, His way, is dignifying. It grants me the right kind of humble self-acceptance and dignity, because God allows me, and nobody else, to make the decision to follow Him. Conversely, the “other” way, of self-seeking and stinginess, is ultimately demeaning, because it locks me into the humiliating bondage of the self.
Today let me once again make the decision to give, however I am called to give today, rather than to expect or demand from others. “Glory be, O Lord, to Your honorable cross and resurrection!”