Thousands of people changing the world

I have just read Being Charitable about a resolution by a friend of mine to give small amounts of money regularly to charity.  This is something that resonates with me too.  She says:

I’ve started to wonder, if the thousands and thousands of people who are like me, with the same size income as me and the same reticence and paralysis when it comes to changing the world as me, set up a couple of direct debits – perhaps we might actually change the world and change ourselves in the process.

The effect when we give money or the equivalent is so liberating and beautiful, and hopefully you have experienced the almost cripplingly sweet effect of receiving out of the blue, when you were not looking for it, as well.  I would not want to think that anyone reading this blog does not know the upside down way beyond ridiculous return that stays with you throughout your life of stepping out of your way, of freely giving and sacrificing, for the sake of a felt need.   And the return that rebounds on you, reminding you to do it again, and again, and again.  For in our emptying, we are brimming.

Into His likeness…

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About stayingfaithful

I am looking for anything that relates to life and to a fuller life. I am bored by the normal and the natural and interested in the supernatural. There must be more than this. We were put on this earth for more than a nine to five prison, as someone said a few years ago.
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2 Responses to Thousands of people changing the world

  1. We are living in tight economical times and many needy causes are milking the same cows. However, we must never underestimate the small gift.
    A faithful young lady gave £5 a week – actually a lot, considering her income at that time – to our charity, for a period of three years. That amounts to £780 – that funded a holiday for a family with a member dealing with a life-limiting illness. It made all the difference to them, yet for her, it may have seemed so inadequate.
    God must think small is good – why else would He choose our minute planet, our minute lives and a small strip of land called Israel?
    Thanks Ben – great reminder.

  2. benleney says:

    And when projects need to get off the ground, charities or individuals need to be able to forecast ahead in order to plan. What a great example, that faithful young lady giving £5 a week. When I reflect how much money I just fritter away, on snacks, impulse buys, things such as newspapers and magazines… and being a homeowner and a parent the list can potentially never stop. Yet, we miss out on the joy!

    And I love your small is good. In spite of ‘big church’ 😉

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