We each get the opportunity to participate in a great miracle, and we can participate often. It hit me over the weekend that when we give money to the Lord He can use it to transform lives. We give from our material goods and God does a transforming work, using the material to form permanent spiritual change in our lives and the lives of others. When I think about it that way I get really thrilled about wanting to give more to Him. I thought about Old Testament burned sacrifices and how the offering converted something created, like an animal, into smoke that wafted up to heaven, becoming a picture of the material changing to spiritual. I guess, in a sense, that's what our lives are for: to convert our natural time, effort, attitudes and focus into that which is spiritual, eternal and in tune with the Lord. Maybe that's what Paul was getting at in Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."