If you call God your father and have served him through expensive experiences chances are you’ve done it. You didn’t write what you wanted to, but what you thought you should. Unfortunately, I’m writing this post mainly to myself. Sorry for having to include you in this.
“I’ve read it a thousand times. Here it is, I’m about to get hit up.”
“Dear ___fill in name here (handwritten only, it means more)_____,
Here’s where we’re going…
Here’s how much it will cost…
Here’s why I’ll never be the same and they’ll never be the same…
What we really need is your prayer. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to slip it in the end (although we all knew it was coming), If you feel so burdened to give to this you can send the checks to _________________.
Dutifully Christian and lying out my butt, ______________________.”
(including a small handwritten note at the bottom often bumps up my giving by $20. It’s an old trick)
It’s fake, it’s dishonest, and it’s weak. I always ask, “Do they REALLY believe in this experience/opportunity or do they think they have to go? Do they believe this has a chance of changing history? Do they really want to see God blow them away?” I don’t think most of us do. We KNOW they are writing for money…so why not just bluntly ask me for it?
I have begun to understand that God lives in a different economy, and he has a side job running the one we live in. Why are we afraid to claim for him what is already his? We need to raise $30,000 that will change the lives of our family (biological and Kingdom) forever. Do we believe we can claim the call we have in God’s name…or are we worried about being CPC (Christian Politically Correct)?
Julie wrote a support letter for the adoption of our two kids with gusto and passion…until the last sentence that is. Until she had to ask people for something. She asked me to look it over. I told her I’d seen a thousand just like it, and I wondered if people would even give to it out of joy…or just duty. She reworked the letter.
We are now boldly asking for people’s money and prayer. We are reminding people that we need them and love them and can’t do this without them. We are working our butts off to make extra money and be creative in how to save the money we already have. It feels great (and weird) to boldly invite others we know and love into this with us. We might tick off one or two, but I hope we inspire fifty. We have experienced the deep freedom of claiming something. We are inviting God to accompany us into deep and scary places, and we wait expectantly.
If we REALLY believe that partnering in God’s work yields the greatest blessings possible on this earth then we will ask differently. We will not want to deny the blessings that others can share in. Claim it boldly! I am not saying that prayer isn’t a HUGE part of this process, we are actually trying to gather a group of people who will become our prayer team through this process. I see it this way; we are asking those who believe in God to switch economies as much as humanly possible, to keep heavenly eyes in a tangible world. We are inviting people to either be ticked off or blessed richly. We’re okay with either one, but please don’t give to us out of duty.
P.S. You’ll find our support letter below 🙂
– Alan –