A Dollar For A Drink

This is a tough time to talk about money. Our economy has officially been declared “in recession.” Unemployment is at a recent high. The stock market continues to be highly volatile, and many have lost thousands, or often hundreds of thousands, of dollars in the past months.

So, at some level, this is not a good time to talk about money.

But, at another level, this is a PERFECT time to talk about money.

When our portfolio is down, or our monthly budget is more tight than usual, God still calls us to use our money wisely. We don’t get a break just because the economy is bad. If anything, this crisis only shows more clearly the ways we do not trust God to be our provider.

But we don’t want to become hoarders, we want to be cheerful givers, like God calls us to:

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7

God’s primary concern isn’t the dollar amount we give. For many of us, the amount we are able to give today may be genuinely less than what we were giving two years ago. And that may be fine in God’s eyes, because what he wants is a cheerful giver, who gives out of an understanding that God is good and gracious, and that he will provide for our needs.

With all this in mind, I want to call your attention to an organization I stumbled upon last week. A 16 year old boy has taken it upon himself to form a small 501(c)3 charitable organization. For years his family has given money to World Vision, but Joshua Guthrie wanted to make a big splash, and raise enough money ($8,000) so that he and his family could build a well in the Sudan (where over 12 million people do not have access to clean water). He started on October 1st of this year. His goal: to raise the necessary funds by Christmas. As of this morning, he’s within $500.

The website is DollarForADrink.org, and his concept is simple: Give up a drink, give that dollar (or $4 if you’re a Starbucks fan) to the funding of this well, and be a part of something big that will substantially increase the quality of life of thousands.

So don’t give out of compulsion, don’t give because you feel guilty. But, if this has struck a cord in your heart, then consider taking a look at the site.

Also, for some other recent wisdom on the topic, see Keith’s post from last week.

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