This is the 2nd of 4 posts about faith and money. It’s part of our 4-week Smart Piggies emphasis on encouraging kids (and adults) to learn to handle money. Click here for all of the Smart Piggies resources. We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Comment below!
It started in 1997. Bill and Melinda Gates read an article about children in other countries dying of preventable diseases. They forwarded it to Bill’s father with this note, “Dad, maybe we can do something about this.”
To date, they’ve personally donated $28 billion to “do something about” it, and raised a bit more from friends like Warren Buffett. Bill and Melinda credit their parents with teaching them that “if life happens to bless you, you should use those gifts as well and as wisely as you can.”
Our world is a better place because they learned the habit of generosity. Our world is better for every act of generosity. Notice the language – generosity is an act, not a feeling. It’s easy to feel generous, harder to practice it. For example – Did you know that in general, the richer people get, the smaller the percentage of money they give away?
This week we want to challenge you to think and pray about generosity. Simply put, generosity is sharing what you have. Are you growing in generosity? Consider the “Three P’s.”
First, will you make giving a priority now, not something you’ll get around to eventually?
Second, will you give a percentage of your income, not a static amount?
Finally, will you become a progressive giver by increasing the percentage you give over time?