Like it or not, we are to give of our resources to help others. As we face financial changes in our lives which seem to reduce our income giving can be a challenge. Giving is easier when one has a large amount of money and therefore, will not feel the impact of the donation. In reading the above scripture and the context in which it is written, I believe the Lord is encouraging us to not let our natural tendency to keep what we have for ourselves when there is less be the rule of thumb. We can remain a cheerful giver and not feel we are being forced to give when we realize it is the Lord who is providing us what we have. He is responsible to provide for our needs.