Generous giving is an incredible way to re-center our hearts with the knowledge that “my” stuff isn’t really mine; it belongs to the Lord who meets all of my needs through HIS riches (see Philippians 4:19). We help our hearts acknowledge this by giving a portion of “our” stuff away (again, not just money!).
We use money (it serves us, not the other way around) to disown our insanity and return to a functional understanding of who the Lord is, and who we are. We allow the Spirit to lead us. 2 Corinthians 9:7 instructs us to give cheerfully what we have decided in our hearts to give, not reluctantly or out of compulsion.