Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Give with Joy: Day 4

As I have noted in the previous days, I decided to share something that talks about giving, generosity, and sharing. While these audio episodes focus on Christian giving, I believe we can all learn something from these short lessons on how to live a good life, whether we are Christian, agnostic, or believers in another religion.

In my experience, you always get more than you give. It's just the way it is with the laws of life. If you can't wait for me to share these stories over the next 40 days, you can always go here to listen in or read at:

A Generous Life

Day Four: Middle class family gives a million dollars

Steve owned a small business and had an annual salary of $50,000. He went to a conference where Dr. Bill Bright challenged people to give a million dollars to the LORD’s work. Steve told Dr. Bright it would be impossible for his family to give a million dollars.

Dr. Bright asked, “How much money did you make last year, and how much did you give?”

Steve said, “My salary is $50,000 and we gave $15,000.”

Dr. Bright said, “Next year, trust God to help you give $50,000.”

But Steve said, “That’s my entire salary!”

Dr. Bright said, “Trust God and see how He provides.”

With God’s help, Steve’s business did well and his family joyfully gave $50,000. The following year, God helped them give $100,000. Each year, his family lived on his $50,000 salary and gave all their extra income to the Lord’s work. Within several years, they gave over a million dollars!

Now, doesn't that inspire you. You don't have to give money. Give time. Give your book. Give your stories. Share with others.

You don't have to give to a church. You can give to Nature Conservancy, United Way, your local Girl Scouts, Sierra Club, American Cancer Society, or whatever. Give and share. Be generous. It will come back to you in a thousand ways.
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