An open hand is a servant’s hand; you can put something in that hand, and you can take something from that hand. A raised hand is a volunteer’s hand, the hand of a worshipper, a surrendered one. A raised fist communicates something entirely different; it’s the hand of a rebel, or a protester who demands their rights. A closed fist cannot give or receive; it holds tightly to possessions, power, and privilege. Like grasping the steering wheel, the closed fist controls it’s own direction and destiny. Giving generously is an act of surrender of control, an act of worship. You can do this.

“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.

2 Corinthians 8:10-15 MSG