Saturday, September 17, 2011

Give with Joy: Day Six

In my experience, you always get more than you give. If you can't wait for me to share these Give with Joy stories over the next 40 days, you can always go to this website to read or listen to all the stories in one shot:

Of course, then you'd miss my commentary.

A Generous Life

Day Six: Managing God's supply line for over 40 years

In the 1950’s, Ressa and Al took $5,000 out of their savings and gave it to a pastor who wanted to start a Christian camp. The pastor ultimately left his church so he could direct the camp ministry full-time.

For the next 40 years, Ressa and Al sent money to the camp every month. The first year, only 19 children attended the camp, but now thousands come to the camp every year. While the camp director was on the the front lines, Ressa and Al helped man the supply line with their monthly gifts.

1 Samuel 30:24 says those who stay with the supplies will share equally with those in the battle. In heaven, Ressa and Al will get to meet thousands of people they helped lead to Christ through their faithful and generous giving that helped start and sustain that camp for many years.

You don't have to be Christian or even religious to appreciate this story. Note that you don't have to be on the front lines if you are supporting your cause through logistics, money, writing, background help, etc. Whatever your cause, whatever your passion, whatever your inspiration - you can do so much to promote that cause, that passion, that inspiration via your writing.

I believe that's why many of us write: To promote a passion, to celebrate a cause, to pass on an inspiration. So, keep on writing!
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