Jun 28, 2012

A Not-So-Easy Generosity Challenge from My Five Year Old

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Springtime in Colorado brings us cold temperatures at night and blazing hot temperatures during the day.  I noticed the other day that my thermostat was a bit out of sync from the drastic temperature changes.  I found my cooler and my heater battling for control.  It reminded me of this great video from Bob Coy who spoke at a conference on generosity in 2010.

If you find his talks as entertaining as I do, you may want to follow Bob Coy on his Blog.

In the video Bob gets real about his continued struggles between luxury and loving others.  He shares the story of his “Great Room.”

I have stuff that I hold sacred.  I cringe at the thought of getting rid of these possessions and I come up with a slew of excuses and reasons why I could never let these things go.  Yesterday’s post, Wednesday in the Word, pointed us to the words of Christ, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal…store up treasures in heaven.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

My kids and I read this verse yesterday and my 5 year old said he wanted to take the money in his piggy bank and send it to help the people who lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado and other wildfires threatening our state.  He said, “Dad, I don’t need any money.  You and mom buy all my stuff anyways.”  

Why does my five year old get it and I don’t?

Well, based on this I think I am going to try to sell one of my treasured possessions here on earth and follow in the footsteps of my five year old to pitch in (I’m still cringing though).

I was invited into this challenge by a local friend.  He sold his favorite fly-fishing rod and sent the money on to benefit Bible translation at Wycliffe.  This post may not strike you right where you are today and that’s ok.  If Bob Coy’s message, and the message from Christ 2000 years ago, is striking a chord, I’d invite you to join me in this generosity challenge.  For Bob Coy, the challenge was to skip out on his Great Room.  For my five year old, the piggy bank.  For my friend, the fly-rod.  What is it for you?

So Here is the Challenge:

Pick a treasured possession, sell it and give the proceeds to a worthy cause.


Give a treasured possession to a friend as you Downsize your Stuff and Upsize Your Relationships.

I’ll report back to you and let you know if I held up my end of the bargain.  Even if we fail the challenge, or it doesn’t seem applicable today, we are entering into a thought process that points away from earthly treasure and toward treasures in Heaven.

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