Proverbs 3:9-10 says to honor the Lord first. Some people take this very literally and make sure that the first check they write every month is to God. With others, it’s more a heart attitude.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says that the Lord loves a cheerful giver. The word “cheerful” actually means “hilarious” in the original language—God loves it when you give to Him with a big grin on your face.

Shaun Blakeney serves as student ministries pastor at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He ministers to thousands of young adults each year at conferences, seminars, and festivals. He regularly speaks at largescale veunes such as the Youth Specialities conventions, the Student Life tour, and Willow Creek Community Church youth conferences. Shaun and his wife Teresa have two children and live in south Florida. 


Marcus Brotherton regularly writes about Christianity and culture. He is the author or co-author of 18 books and lives in Washington state with his wife and two children. Website: