I asked this question on Twitter the other day, and the response was INCREDIBLE!
Here are some of the responses:
MarkAsbell said … @jsangl I would tithe $25k, invest $100k, give $10k away to someone deserving, pay off my mortgage, & buy you some new shoes & shirts 🙂 (Sangl says: I have never been accused of being a fashion expert)
Some humorous ones were:
What would YOU do with $250,000?
I was provided the huge honor to preview this book, and I believe that Ben is dead on with his observations of giving within the local church.
This book was written for church leaders and every leader who reads it will be challenged to view their role in a new light. Ben has been the pastor of a small rural congregation while also leading LifeWay's Giving Envelope Service.
It was also just announced that this book has sold 6,000 copies in the first ten weeks! Outstanding – especially when one considers that less than three percent of books ever sell more than five thousand!
Here is what I love about Ben – he is all about providing PRACTICAL information that is RELEVANT and can be IMMEDIATELY APPLIED. If you have ever participated in any event I am a part of, you KNOW how much I value PRACTICALITY and RELEVANCY.
If you are a church leader, you would do well to PURCHASE BEN'S BOOK.
Selfishness leads to poverty.
But not necessarily in a financial sense. It is much deeper. I believe that selfishness leads to poverty of the spirit and soul.
Are we not all born with a drive toward selfishness?
It is proven to me every time I am standing in a line at Wal-Mart for thirty minutes. I want to cut in line to avoid waiting. Let's say that I did cut in line. I would have the immediate gratification of getting out of the line and not having to wait anymore, but there would be a moment later that evening when I would have to wrestle with the fact that I was out-of-line – literally and figuratively.
It is proven to me when my wife is suffering from morning sickness which has turned into all-day sickness. The magic fairy that somehow transformed dirty clothes and dishes into clean clothes and dishes has ceased to exist. The magic fairy that managed the household – mail, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, library trips, activities with the daughter, shipping IWBNIN resources, managing the financial affairs … It all stopped. Now I realize that it was my bride all along. Now I have to clean, wash, shop, etc. Poor me.
You know what drives the pity party, right? Selfishness. You know what selfishness leads to? Poverty of the spirit.
No one wants to hang out with a selfish person. No one wants to hear the pity party.
If you want to lose friends and ruin relationships, be selfish.
Everyone wrestles with it. If you do not believe me, watch your children when they are little. "MINE!", is one of the most uttered words.
My friend, Jake Beaty, once asked another friend, Jamie Salmon, this question: "Why do you give?"
Jamie's answer rocked Jake's world. When I heard it, it rocked my world.
Jamie said, "I give to keep from being selfish."
Well said, Jamie. Well said.
Recently, Casey Graham (Founder of The Change Group) sent a book to me and told me that it had a major impact on his life.
It is a book called "The Go-Giver". It is authored by John David Mann.
It took me a couple of months to sit down and read it, but I wish I would have read it sooner.
Seriously, it is a fictional story the relays POWERFUL business (and personal) concepts related to giving. It could even be called a framework for how one can have an amazing life.
I LOVED this book. Here are some of the reasons why:
- It focuses on giving. I love giving. My wife loves giving. I believe that everyone loves to give.
- It is highly focused on a few principles. This book does not attempt to share too much. I read this book one chapter at a time over a period of several days.
- It has caused me to reflect on how this applies to my crusade. And I am making changes as a result of this book.
- It was short and to the point. For some reason, I have difficulty developing the willpower to pick up a four-inch-thick book.
- I have seen it at work in my friend's life. Casey (you should follow him on Twitter) has been applying this stuff as well. He is FIRED UP about it! So am I!
Have you read this book?
I love giving. Love it!
I have seen the the simple act of giving completely transform lives. My education is a direct result of GIFTS.
- My beloved university where I received my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) was founded through gifts.
- In 1862, President Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant Act that would give public owned land to any state that would use the land or proceeds from the sale of that land to found a college teaching agriculture and engineering.
- In 1869, Indiana signed on and accepted GIFT from John Purdue ($150,000 – in 1869! At 4% annual inflation, that equates to a gift of $38,614,733!). They also accepted a GIFT of $50,000 from Tippecanoe County (where Purdue is located) and 100 acres from local residents.
- The university where I received my masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) was founded through the same Morrill Land Grant Act!
- In Thomas Green Clemson's will, he bequeathed the Fort Hill plantation and a considerable sum from his personal assets for the establishment of an educational institution of the kind he envisioned.
Giving made my education a possibility. John Purdue, the residents of Tippecanoe County, and the local residents who donated land all made Purdue a possibility. Thomas Green Clemson made Clemson a possibility. Although the residents of Tippecanoe County who donated tax dollars and land are not mentioned, they are just as much a part of it as John Purdue and Thomas Clemson.
Key Lesson: GIVING allows me to make a difference in future generations.
- Purdue University web site
- Clemson University web site