Tuesday, 28 November 2017 08:46

#GivingTuesday Thoughts

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#GivingTuesday Thoughts

I like it.

Although it is completely secular, and, frankly, can be somewhat overwhelming to navigate, I like the growing cultural trend called, “Giving Tuesday.”

Turning Attention Away From Self

Giving Tuesday gives us practice at looking outside ourselves to the needs of others. The commercial Christmas markets toward selfishness and consumerism while Giving Tuesday has the effect of reducing the vacuum of selfishness to review those in need.

Giving Us Criteria to Evaluate Giving

The largest giving web site gofundme.com has raised over $470M. Although it can be a little overwhelming to review, it can train you in evaluating when, where and how to give. Here’s some of the criteria I use for personal giving and build into giving at Peace.

1.       Kingdom Impact. Talk about long term ROI, look toward funding that brings the Word of God into people’s lives and you’ve got eternal returns!

2.       Transparent Accountability. Like our books at Peace, you should be able to have clear assurance your contribution is going where you intended it to go.

3.       Transformation. Is there a vision for transforming lives? Are people changed? Better? Encouraged?

Next, Moving Giving Tuesday Up a Week?

At the end of the day, “Giving Tuesday” still occurs after “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” i.e., after we’ve consumed till full and then turn to the leftovers. As much as I appreciate the day, it is clear it falls incredibly short of the disciple’s call and practice to first give, then spend.

The Bible’s Call? Set aside the first fruits and trust God the remainder will be the abundance you’re hoping for! Give yourself first the Lord, then to his cause and the rest will be added to you as well!

Open your Bible and read Luke 6.38; Malachi 3, 8-12 to see the clear difference between the pleasant and helpful thoughts of Giving Tuesday and powerful and trust-building giving of the follower of Jesus! 
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Pastor Karl Galik

Pastor Karl Galik is the Pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Naples Florida.

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