Review and Revision of Giving and Serving

“I’m just not convinced that Jesus is going to say, “When I was hungry, you gave a check to the United Way and they fed me.”
Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Huh. Humm… Uh?!
How do you decide what charities you give to?
How do you decide where and how to serve?
How do you volunteer as a family?

It’s something Jon and I have struggled with all year.  We especially struggled with our financial giving when since we did our taxes in the spring. We were challenged multiple times about giving, sharing, and being generous above and beyond our means. Our church (Eucharist) was a huge catalyst into revealing this dissatisfaction with HOW we were giving and God was leading us into new period of realizing we also needed to change WHERE we were giving and WHAT we were giving. We were always comfortable with giving financially.  I was raised with that 10% of your earnings mindset, which I practiced from when I got my first real part time job.  It’s never been a struggle to give…. But we’d been giving money and not time. We’d been giving blindly and serving half heartedly. We looked at the amount of money we’d given away and we weren’t really pleased or satisfied where it went. We looked at our time and we weren’t pleased with where that all went.  We wanted to start fresh and make good, sound, mindful, prayerful decisions about where our money was going when we supporting churches, charities and other causes.  We wanted to be intentional about where we were spending our time and who we were spending it with and how we were spending it with them.

We had and have lots of questions and things to work through on this matter.  And please know that this post is in no way to judge or preach about serving and giving financially. I’m first being honest about how we are struggling about this as a family…. But, even more, I’m really curious about how you decide, especially as a family, how you volunteer and give and share and sacrifice.

I’d love to hear how your family does it… GO!

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