Friday, June 24, 2005


"The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller." Proverbs 11:24 (The Message)

Giving is so hard these days when every message says, "Buy me, buy me." "You can't live without me." I often wish I were wealthy so I could give away more. Then my conscience stabs and asks, " Are you giving all you can now? What makes you think it would be any different if you had more?"

I was reading about Bill and Melinda Gates in Time Magazine recently. Their fortune is estimated at 46.5 billion and, they are "now considered the greatest philantropists in history."

Their foundation focuses on issues related to health and education. They put 750 million toward global vaccination and have saved the lives of an estimated 670,000 children already. They have given 1.2 billion to educational causes as well.

That makes me want to go buy a Microsoft product. May God bless the giving of the Gates billions and the giving of our dollars and cents to the unfortunate.

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