As we begin the Lenten season, here are some personal thoughts and encouragement from our national-office president, David Wills: The church where I grew up didn't talk much about Lent. I had Catholic friends that practiced Lent by giving up something that they loved, and I was glad my church didn't ask me to do that! Honestly, Lent has never been an important part of my faith journey, but it's time for... read full post | 2 comments
Recently, our daughter, Maggie, came home from college to spend the week with us. She is a freshman and it has been hard for me to be away from her ... in fact, I had not seen her in almost a whole month! The day she was due to arrive, I had a hard time concentrating. My mind constantly wandered, looking forward to the time that I would greet her that evening. My wife cleaned the house in anticipation of her coming. I... read full post | 2 comments
As the father of seven children, our national-office President David Wills often has a unique perspective on kids and generosity. Here are some practical observations from David that may help you train up the next generation in the way that they should go ... in giving.
_____________________A question I often hear is, “When should I start training my children about money and ... read full post
by David Wills | December 17, 2012 | Category: Stories | Tags: christmas, december, generosity, memory
Sunday, November 28, 1972. It was a big day. A really big day.
I turned 11, and my parents gave me the greatest gift ever – a blue Schwinn bike, complete with a sparkly banana seat and high handle bars. It wasn't just cool, it was going to be the coolest bike in the rack in front of Ben Franklin Elementary School on Monday ... and, it was!
Friday, December 3, 1972. ... read full post
Several months ago, I was in Washington D.C. and stayed across the street from the tent city of the Occupy D.C. movement. Remember the Occupy movement? It is still very much alive in many places. As I walked past it one day, I was struck with their passionate belief that when some prosper others should protest.
This mindset is in stark contrast with one of my favorite "generosity" verses. It can be found in ... read full post
This past weekend I stayed in my parents' home in Dallas. On the shelf in the upstairs bedroom was the book Born Again by Chuck Colson. It was the version with the original black and yellow jacket cover. The one that shows Chuck's profile in black and white on the left with the White House in the lower left-hand corner. On the right side of the jacket is Chuck's profile in color. The contrast from left to... read full post | 2 comments
Proverbs 11:24 is an interesting verse about generosity. It says, "There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results in only want." Simply put, this verse reflects the truth of sowing and reaping that we see throughout Scripture. He who scatters will gather. He who gathers will reap little.Life often tells us the opposite. There's an ... read full post
Wow – We saw God do amazing things in 2011, and we look expectantly to how, through His amazing grace, He will work through us in 2012! And so we've decided to once again read through the entire Bible together as a community. This year we are going to return to the Discipleship Journal reading plan we used several years ago, and we want you to join us!
It’s often said, “Whatever is rewarded is most often repeated.” This principle should be considered when encouraging generosity within your family.
There are three primary motivators for just about everything we do in our spiritual lives: love, reverence (some call this “fear”), and rewards. This last one is often forgotten. The rewards of generosity can be found in this life and the next!
Put ... read full post
College roommates. Those two words conjure up some interesting memories, don't they?
I once had a roommate who hated waking up in the morning. And more than anything, he hated the alarm. He had an alarm clock beside his bed, and when it sounded, he turned it off, rolled over, and fell back asleep. He had another alarm clock on his dresser. When it sounded, he got up, turned it off, got back in bed, and fell ... read full post