Nov 27 2012

Giving Tuesday!

Congratulations!  You survived Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.  Now there's a new one today, Giving Tuesday. I love this.  There are two days to get great deals on things for

ourselves, why not have one day as a way to give back to someone else?

There are so many organizations you support.  One idea: You can help a child in extreme poverty Survive to 5 at

I was just talking to a friend a mine about the plethora of opportunities for making a difference yesterday, and she had this great idea to pay the electricity bill for a family with a child that has a terminal illness, but was lamenting,  wishing she could do more.

But, that's huge. The whole idea is if we all just did a little, that adds up to more.

Reminds me of the story of The Widow's Offering:

Luke 21

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Widow’s Offering

21 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. 2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.[a]

3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

This is the biggest Giving Tuesday idea ever:

There’s a grocery store owner in Minnesota who owns several stores, and he’s retiring.  His name is Joe Lueken. He could sell off his stores to one of those major companies, but he doesn’t like that idea.   Instead of selling his stores to the highest bidder, he plans on giving it to his employees.

He said, "My employees are largely responsible for any success I've had, and they deserve to get some of the benefits of that…You can't always take…You also have to give back."

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Nov 26 2012

Just A Prayer

You and I have opportunities everyday to help someone in need.  You can put spare change in a red kettle outside the grocery store, or adopt a family for Christmas, or something even simpler like praying for someone you don't even know.

My heart goes out to "Emma".  She left a note on my facebook page over the Thanksgiving weekend, and I can't get her off my mind.  She posted, "Need a prayer marriage falling apart."

It would be amazing if you could find some time today and say a quick prayer for Emma and her husband, even though she's a stranger.

Please pray for  complete and utter forgiveness, and for a renewal of love like no one has ever seen before...

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