abundance mentality and generosity connected

I know we have so much here in affluent America, myself included, and recent downscaling has begun to show me a freedom from stuff, and I hope that’d be an enduring freedom that also translates into generosity. Generous Giving has the most excellent biblical teachings on cultivating generosity. I think the idea of philanthropy goes beyond a cultural thing, it’s having an abundance mentality, and not a scarcity mentality:

Those people with an abundance mentality believe that there is enough money out there for all of our ministries; we simply need to mine it. But those people with a scarcity mentality believe that there is a limited amount of money, and they are anxious that other ministries are liable to get to it first. And so we wind up competing with each other, and we become protective. I pray that the Christian fund-raising industry will be flooded with an abundance mentality.

1 big implication: if Asian American churches caught this abundance mentality, there’d be more launching of next generation multi-Asian/ multi-ethnic churches to reach more people for Christ, instead of being concerned about how to keep people attending the same immigrant Asian church; after all, Asian Americans have the highest family median income of any ethnic/racial grouping.

Now, since I’ve already met and exceeded my fundraising goal for defraying my costs for the upcoming cross country move (although you CAN still chip in for costs!), here’s a more noble cause for you to chip in for. (One of my Leadership Network colleagues, Todd Rhoades, has 4 children. I don’t know how he does that, as we have our hands full with just 1.) I believe many of you have extra dollars — you can help Todd’s son, Taylor, get to New Orleans to help with the Gulf Coast recovery, a much more noble cause than my family move. Taylor doesn’t blog, far as I know, but his dad Todd sure does (over at MondayMorningInsight.com):

Last year I shared about my son’s mission trip to the gulf coast. Taylor was able to take a Mississippi with a group of his friends and youth pastor last year. Well, it’s a year later, and Taylor is looking forward to returning to Mississippi and this time to New Orleans to continue to help the folks in that area of the country. And this year, I’d love to have you be involved in making this happen for Taylor and his group …

It’s pretty simple… Taylor has to come up with at least $150 to make this trip happen for him.

If you have a little extra of God’s money laying around and would like to help him out, you can do so below. If not, please take some time to pray for his group as they leave next month. (I’ll give updates here, for sure).

I think it’d be really cool if some of the readers of MMI could help provide some support for Taylor; but also for some of the other kids going on the trip. So, here’s the deal… if anyone would like to chip in for their trip, I’ll put half toward Taylor’s trip and the other half toward another person who’s going. And if more comes in than needed for Taylor then all of it will go toward the cost of the trip for others…

If enough MMI readers would chip in $5 or 10 bucks, then the trip could be paid for. How cool would that be?

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