You do so well in so many things - you trust God, you're articulate, you're insightful, you're passionate, you love us - now, do your best in this, too.
I'm not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians' enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you.
You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us - in one stroke he became poor and we became rich.
So here's what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale.
Your heart's been in the right place all along. You've got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it.
Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can't. The heart regulates the hands.
This isn't so others can take it easy while you sweat it out. No, you're shoulder to shoulder with them all the way,
your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even.
As it is written, Nothing left over to the one with the most, Nothing lacking to the one with the least.