Today’s prompt reads:
‘Money is the root of all evil’ – isn’t it? Actually, no. It’s in the love of money that evil finds a root. If financial giving has become a taboo subject for you, face it head on today. Give financially. Whether you’ve got pennies or millions, there is great joy and freedom in thoughtful and intentional giving. You might be a regular giver or never have given before: use today as a way to explore your capacity for financial generosity.
GREEN:If times are hard at the moment, spend today in thought. Challenge yourself to look honestly at your giving attitudes: do you view it as ‘your money’, or God’s? How much would you like to be able to give, if you could? What causes would you give to? Pray about those things. If you find that you have a little loose change that accumulates each day, why not start a Giving Jar? When it’s full, you can choose who to give it to.
AMBER:If you don’t give regularly, why not start by setting up one regular gift to your church or a cause that’s on your heart? Review your budget or start one and check what proportion of your outgoings is devoted to giving. Make this a first step on a generous journey and commit to reviewing this on a regular basis.
RED:Grab your Bible, get out your budget, and make a list of your assets and annual giving. Pray, and allow God to guide your giving as the first financial decision. If you don’t already have one, look into setting up a giving account. You can use it to support one charity/church/Christian worker or as many as you like. If you’re already a giving account aficionado, why not make today the day that you increase a regular gift or set up a new recipient?
This challenge is more of a challenge! Neither Mr FD nor I have what could be termed a regular income – from one month to the next the amount of teaching that I have can vary. Mr FD doesn’t have a fixed job either at the moment. This time last year he had a regular income and we were just considering setting up a Lend with care account, when he lost his job.
I have recently committed to a regular giving at church, as knowing what has been pledged does help our treasurer to make financial decisions, but apart from that I can find many excuses for doing nothing else!! My other giving is much more random.
However, I am well aware that, irregular income or not, we are still in the richest 10% of people in the world. While checking that statistic out I found this (according to which I’m in the top 5% of the world’s wealthy):
- Got $2200? In this world, you’re rich. Assets (not cash) of $2200 per adult place a person in the top 50% of the world’s wealthiest.*
- If you made $1500 last year, you’re in the top 20% of the world’s income earners.**
- If you have sufficient food, decent clothes, live in a house or apartment, and have a reasonably reliable means of transportation, you are among the top 15% of the world’s wealthy. **
- Have $61,000 in assets? You’re among the richest 10% of the adults in the world.*
- If you earn $25,000 or more annually, you are in the top 10% of the world’s income-earners.***
- If you have any money saved, a hobby that requires some equipment or supplies, a variety of clothes in your closet, two cars (in any condition), and live in your own home, you are in the top 5% of the world’s wealthy. **
- If you earn more than $50,000 annually, you are in the top 1% of the world’s income earners.***
- If you have more than $500,000 in assets, you’re part of the richest 1% of the world.*
*Source– MSN Money
**Money Possessions & Eternity by Randy Alcorn, pg 291
***The Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, pg 216
Even if these statistics aren’t exactly correct, it is still enough to certainly make one think, and reconsider what we have in reality, compared with so many people.
Sitting on my desk is my NASA Space Pig, which was a gift from a Ship of Fools Secret Santa a while back.
Last year, between Christmas and May I popped in any 2€ coins that I got, plus the odd note as well, and saved enough to treat Mr FD and I to a lovely meal and night away for our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Between September and Christmas I saved enough for lots of lovely food at Christmas. So between Christmas and…whenever I open it, let’s see what I can save up. And then I can really start a Lend with Care account.
So I need to think…