“Christians shouldn’t talk about money.”
How often have we heard that statement thrown about? Whenever a Christian organization brings up finances, this seems to be the refrain uttered throughout the narthex and the chapel. However, I beg to differ: because we are Christians, we must talk about money. Why?
Because it’s not ours. We’re managing God’s money here on earth, teaching our kids how to manage God’s money here on earth, and being examples of Christ through our everyday living (which, at least in my city, requires money).
Recently, my husband and I began exploring another element of managing God’s money: planned giving. These are four ways we’ve started to plan for giving our money in our future (whether we’re alive or after we’ve passed), and I think these planned giving techniques could be applied to any millennial life...
Imagine being able to send your child or grandchild off to college knowing they’ll graduate debt free.
Knowing that you have a solid financial future plan in place that can help you achieve your future life goals.
Ensuring that the organizations you care about can continue to provide gospel-centered Christian care to people around the world for the foreseeable future.
Imagine being able to do all of the above.
Coming together as a Christian community is important, especially when people come from different cultures and backgrounds.
In John 13:34 we are directly commanded by Jesus to love others as He has loved us. This isn’t a love that looks at a problem and offers up a single prayer but takes no action or a love that only cares for those like us. This love is selfless, humble, and inclusive of everyone—no matter their culture, upbringing, language, or economic status. This love puts the needs of others above our own. It is action-oriented, outward-focused, open to all.
We all have an ideal picture of what our life will look like. When we’ll get married, how many (if any) kids we’ll have, how many dogs we'll have, where we’ll live, what kind of work we’ll do, etc.
Until the unexpected happens. In that moment, our image of what we had hoped for our life crumbles.
When an unexpected tragedy struck the Hahn family, it seemed like nothing good could come from it. But God brought the Hahn family through their darkest moments and showed them how they could create joy out of their sadness...
The first time someone told me I should consider planning my legacy giving in a will, I laughed it off.
“We’re not old enough for that!” I thought, “Planned giving is for retirees! Wills are for people with real money! My husband and I are barely adulting over here.”
However, the thought wouldn’t leave my mind, so I did some research to learn the basics of planned giving. Turns out, wills and estate planning are for anyone who wants certain things to be carried out after their death (yes, that seems obvious now that you say it, but hey—I was in denial about turning 30, much less planning for a financial future I could only just see). More importantly, a will also ensures that the money God has given us to manage continues to support people and organizations we’ve prayed about and that are within our sphere of influence. That influence can continue after we’ve gone through planned giving...