I am excited to introduce you to a new friend of mine. Omer Redden and I are both members of the Writing Course, called Tribewriters. I had opened up my site for Guest Writers and he approached me. He is the author of 2 books, husband of one wife, father of three children. He works with Self-Publishing School, helping aspiring authors go from no-idea to best-seller on Amazon in 90 days. He says he doesn’t use social media often, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter.
Are You Living to Die and Dying to Live?
by Omer Redden
At the turn of the year, Brenda shared 6 Effective Tips to Improve Life.
Honestly, I plan to implement all the tips in the coming year. They’re that good!
Yet, as I read them, there was one tip that stuck out, tip #4: give to others.
As I’ve studied, prayed, loved, and lived God’s Word, I must tell you–this theme has never rang more true.
See, I was a Christian for 9 years before I was baptized. Believe it or not, I attended a private Christian university, a Bible college, served as a college/career director, then went to seminary–all without being baptized. I knew the lingo, the methods, the Scriptures.
But I wasn’t living them.
And baptism wasn’t the only thing. I also wasn’t a consistent giver. Sure, I gave time and energy. I gave blood, sweat, and tears to Christian causes.
But I never gave my money.
Because that little word, “my.”
I saw money as something I earned, something I saved, something I spent. Sure, I gave money here and there. But there was no consistency, no conviction.
Last year, that changed.
It changed when I did research for a book I was writing. I wanted to interview 7 Christian men from 7 different income brackets (from $20K up to $1Mil/yr). I wanted to see the difference in mindsets between the poor, middle, and rich.
What I found was startling.
Some would argue, “Of course, because the rich have more to give away.”
But here’s the thing: I wasn’t asking for the amount. I asked for the percentage.
Every poor man hem-hawed around the question, stuttering, making excuses, essentially saying they gave when they felt like it (aka not often).
Every rich man gave definitive and swift answers–20% or more.
Now I’ll let you do the math.
Suffice it to say, I found this to be a startling statistic.
Thus, throughout 2015, I purposed to start giving. I tithed 10% consistently. I made a couple big donations in addition. I helped two family members who were in tight spots. Then, I gave a really big gift. I gave my car away.
Now I don’t tell you this to toot my own horn. I tell you this so you can learn from the experience.
I have 3 kids under 4 years old, I earn less than $50K/yr, and I was able to give a car to a single mom who had recently been restored to Christ and needed to get back and forth to work.
For the single mom, complete jubilation and many tears of joy.
For me, complete liberation and satisfaction.
Thankfully, my wife and children were able to watch, as we gave the lady the keys and she cried on my shoulder, saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
It was in that moment, I knew in my heart,
I was living something true,
The reason that story stirs us is because it fits in line with the heart of God.
When God came to earth, He was the biggest giver this world has ever seen. He not only gave food to the hungry, sight to the blind, encouragement to the faint-hearted, and forgiveness to those seeking it.
Not only did He give throughout His life.
He gave in His death.
He gave forgiveness of sins and granted us victory over hell, over sin, over death.
He gave His life to give you new life.
My dear friends, may you live in that new life.
And may you come to know the power of giving.
It is, after all, the reason for living.
I am sure Omer would love to hear your comments. Why don’t you show him some love and thanksgiving in the comments today?
Here is Omer’s most recent book: Give and Grow Rich. Grab your copy today.
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