Irrational Generosity is LIFE CHANGING!

I love irrational generosity. Screen Shot 2018-06-20 at 12.01.11 PM

That phrase doesn’t make sense to a lot of people.

It’s amazing what happens in someone’s life when they put God first with their generosity. In my life, I’ve experienced miracles. I’ve experienced blessings that I can’t even come to grips with as I’ve taken steps to live irrationally generous.

The ‘C’hurch (big C) gets a bad rap sometimes for ‘always asking for money’. Every time I hear that complaint, my heart hurts.

Yes, my heart hurts.

The amount of good that local Churches provide for their communities is staggering! So many things go un-publized. Without Jesus followers giving, so many communities would experience hope bankruptcy.
Without Jesus followers giving, so many communities would experience hope bankruptcy.
As we look into scripture, its amazing how many times the word give appears (according to a Chris Hodges message I listened to recently).

Believe = 272. Pray = 371. Love = 714

Give 2161. Bam. Screen Shot 2018-06-21 at 1.07.19 PM

Crazy, right!?! There must be something to this giving thing!

Now, I get it. Some churches have burned people. Some churches have foolishly spent funds on lavish stuff. When I was a young 29 year old middle school pastor, I would get so righteously angry (or at least I thought I was) when I saw how much money our church spent on production. Lights and Sounds stuff and production. When I was a young 23 year old interim youth pastor, I would get so righteously angry when I found out that the church had a giant (and I mean giant fund) with kazillions of dollars just sitting there. When I was a 26 year old youth pastor, I would get righteously angry when I found out that I couldn’t hire who I wanted too.

I’ve been at Churches where the missions budget was so high and that was great because of the giant impact oversees. But, I always wondered why we didn’t view our own neighborhood as a mission and invest resources there.

Now that I lead a Church, it’s a bit different. Now I get a whole lot better view of the entire organization from the 30,000 foot view instead of my limited view.

And, honestly, we’ve had people leave Thrive Church because they felt like we talked about money too much. Shoot, we’ve had people leave because we’ve raised money to buy shoes for kids. I have heard people have left because we receive an offering every week at thrive.
Money is just a touchy subject with many.

The reality is though, irrational generosity changes lives! And, once we can understand that, it will change our life and the people we give too! 

This week I’ve been inspired by Irrational Generosity…

Some folks at my Church all chipped in to help stop the eviction process for someone at our church. That’s a life changing result from irrational generosity.

Someone donated a ton of food for Thrive’s DAD FEST event and all the proceeds of the food we did sell went to help teenagers attend summer camp. That’s a life changing result from irrational generosity.

Just three weeks ago, a good friend from my small group helped fix the motor on our Air Conditioning unit. That’s a life changing result from irrational generosity.

This morning I found out that someone donated enough funds to cover a students entire amount summer camp trip. That’s a life changing result from irrational generosity.

If you really want to experience life change, don’t view your giving as a transaction. View it as an opportunity for life change. For your life to be changed and for the person on the opposite end of your generosity. 

It sure had changed my life.

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