Yesterday, I had a conversation with someone who shared with me that they had a life long goal to give away 1 million dollars (that’s right 1,000,000)! They were so excited because that dream will be fulfilled in a very short time. It’s a plan for extreme generosity that they set in motion years ago and now they are so close to crossing this amazing finish line.
Saturday, my family and I will fly down to Disney World in Orlando for a week. We actually could stay for two weeks, but years ago we had a dream to treat other pastors and their families to a week at Disney on us. Over the last 10 years, we’ve been able to provide seven weeks of vacation to pastors and their families to stay at Disney on us. It’s one of the parts of our family’s “Extreme Generosity Plan” that we have implemented and will continue to follow for years and decades to come and we LOVE doing it!
People don’t wake up one morning and become generous. Generosity is a decision that is followed by discipline and actions. The Bible says of those who are rich,
18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17
Here’s the crazy thing, my family is far from “rich” by any national standard (we were even farther from it 10 years ago when we made the decision to become generous). My friend who is soon to give away one million dollars in his lifetime also isn’t rich either. We simply believe that we have more than enough for our families (our needs are all met, and there is some left over), so we give to others. We don’t expect anything in return, just the joy we experience inside from giving. Bottom line: Love GIVES!!!
“For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16