Budgeting for Generosity

Tom

Was it crowded at Zion on Christmas Eve? I like to think of all the churches around the world as a vast army ready to change the entire world for the better. They are in position, but are too often missing the money and volunteer time to mobilize.

Money and time, I’ve noticed an inverse relationship that they often have in our lives. When you finally have enough money, there is not enough time to enjoy it. Conversely, those seasons in life when you have enough time you don’t seem to have the money to do the things you would like to do. There is a place for you in God’s army in both of these times. When you feel flush but are strapped for time, don’t forget to give financially to your local church. In those other seasons when you have enough time but feel financially strapped that’s a great time to volunteer to that same church.

It’s great that many billionaires like Bill Gates set up foundations and give huge amounts to the charities, but what about the rest of us? How can we make as much of a difference? Maybe it’s time to join God’s army.
To really change the world we all need to start here and now. Not after we have made our first billion dollars. Start with the salary you have now. Generosity, like any personal goal starts with discipline. In personal finance, that discipline is a budget. But those that are successful at budgeting, cutting waste and saving run the risk of hoarding. That why all the Christian financial advisers I know of recommend giving financially as one of the first budget items. It makes sense, would your life be better without God’s blessing and all your cash or would you be better off with 90% of that cash and God’s blessing? The key to a generous life is making a commitment from the beginning, not wait until after you can comfortably afford it. Even if you start with as little as 1%, you’ve opened up the chance for greater future giving. If you can’t budget giving today work toward the goal of recurring donations. I love the idea of balancing financial independence and radical generosity. That’s a goal to strive for.

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