Amerikaner gibt 70% weg
Hugh McClellan, Jr.
Hugh McClellan, Jr., is director of a large Christian foundation that supports missions across the globe. He also launched the Generous Giving ministry that puts on conferences and equips people to deepen and broaden their perspective on giving.
Hugh says, "God used five events in my life to change my priorities." One of these was "learning that God owns it all" and another was "taking a vision trip." When he saw firsthand what God was really doing through missions work, he was hooked. That's where he wanted to put his money, where it would last and make a difference for eternity.
Hugh says "My top priorities are to pursue personal holiness, including my daily quiet time, and then to be the spiritual leader to my wife, children, and grandchildren."
Hugh seeks to give away a yearly minimum of 70% of his income. He deliberately breaks down his giving into different categories, starting with a tithe to his local church and widening to different levels, including larger gifts that have a chance of making a long-term kingdom impact. He and others who work for the foundation choose ministries to invest in with just as much thought and investigation as people hope mutual fund investors would. And why not, since he is seeking to invest not just on earth, but in heaven, not just for a moment, but for eternity?
Hugh says, "God has taught me not to go for the ego trips, where I chase the three P's: power, position, and prestige. I don't want to be choked by the deceitfulness of riches...I want my life to bear fruit that will last." Hugh says, "I annually reexamine every aspect of my ministry and goals, to eliminate what's unproductive and figure out what I can effectively delegate. I try to use my gifts of initiating and organizing and vision casting. And I try to balance myself with those who have different gifts. I do this through networking and researching and discussing to be sure we make the right decisions."
One year Hugh increased his giving considerably and after a business downturn found that his assets had lost considerable value. Someone might have expected Hugh to say, "Now I realize I gave away more than I could afford to." But what he said to me was, "Now I wish I'd given more of it away while I still had it."
Hugh says, "Meet with God to determine what His giving goals are for you. Not just your goals, but His goals for you to carry out as His steward. Then ask Him to give you the particular passion to burden you for giving to certain kinds of ministries. Then ask yourself, 'What are the barriers that keep me from being a generous giver?' Ask God to deal with you in those areas. And He will!"
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