Sharing is Much More than Money
By: Jim Klein
Recently while downsizing my office and making space in one of my desk drawers, I came across my mileage folder from most of my 25 years of travel and service in the work of a "fund raiser". I had been keeping track of these miles for IRS purposes and for some odd reason, never threw them out. I was tempted to go through every sheet and reminisce about the travels to places and people's homes that I had been blessed with.
Thinking about all those miles and all the kitchen tables I have sat around brought me to the title of this post. Sharing is much more than money. As you can tell by the picture, coffee or iced tea was a very common staple for the meeting. I was thinking that the amount of miles probably was in direct proportion to the number of cups of coffee that was consumed, ( and more than a few pounds of cookies). But, what happened around that kitchen table was truly amazing. Grand friendships were formed over a common bond, a community of Christians, discussing the tumult of the world, the need for Jesus and how we could work together to share the Good News to all people. This common bond created the atmosphere for giving. And give we did, together, supplying needed dollars to fund ministry. You see, we had to give together, I needed to believe in the ministry as much as they did. I needed to lead by example, or how could I ask them to support the ministry I represent by not supporting it myself?
Something else happened around those kitchen tables, "Friendship!" Yes, true genuine friendships. A warm handshake, a hug, a warm smile and sharing personal and family celebrations and heartaches. Praying with and for each other and meaning it, not just going through the motions. Some people in our industry always look at the people as "donors" and nothing else. They never take the time to really get to know them as people and accept their friendship for what it really is. I spent many days building the friendships and the gifts for the ministry were always there. God made sure of that, I was just His tool for accomplishing His goals. Not my goals, not my CEO's goals but His goals. My blessing was all the true friendships that I have.
What is my purpose of writing this blog? To encourage you to take time to stop and build friendships, never ask for someone to give if you haven't given first and let God lead. I have been truly blessed by this career God led me into. I miss not being able to physically see each and every one of my friends.
True friendships mean true wealth. I am drawn to this passage as I write this blog.
Jim Klein is the Mission Advancement Director Emeritus at Acts 1:8 Ministry®. Jim has over 29 years of experience in the field of financial and estate planning. Jim is ready to help fellow Christians with their financial and estate planning for the benefit of their families and the Lord’s work! Learn more about leaving a Christian legacy.