Dumb Luck and Your Career

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In 1997, Warren Buffett told the following fable to explain his success:

“Imagine that it is 24 hours before you are going to be born,” he said, “and a genie comes to you.”

“The genie says you can determine the rules of the society you are about to enter, and you can design anything you want. You get to design the social rules, the economic rules, the governmental rules. And those rules are going to prevail for your lifetime and your children’s lifetime and your grandchildren’s lifetime.”

“But there is a catch,” he said.

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Don’t Make This Fundraising Mistake!

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Transactional vs. Relational Fundraising

A group text popped up on my smartphone, “(donor name) is this a good time to give your normal annual support (this particular donor a generous $20,000 every year) as well as an additional gift for (the name of our ministry special project) of $10,000?

I cringed

Wait for it….

Then a quick reply from the donor came, “you know, (person who had sent the group text) if you are going to ask for $30,000 you might want to consider not using a text message next time!”

Then I felt I just felt sick and picked up the phone to call the ministry leader.

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The Key To Giving More?

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The legend of King Canute details that his greatness was so awesome even the tide would refuse to roll in at his command.  The fable’s moral:  the King did not believe this press release but standing at the sea’s edge he demonstrated for his “flattering” followers that he indeed did not possess such greatness.

In their excellent work entitled, “Go-Giver”, Bob Burg and John David Mann describe the significance of giving and the power of receiving.   “If you give and then try to stop the receiving that comes back in, you’re like King Canute watching the tide roll out commanding it not to come back in” *

All giving starts with receiving!

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Does God want something from me?

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While coaching a church through a giving initiative in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the leadership team decided to do a stewardship series early on in the process.  A professor at a local campus who had been attending the church and new in his faith, was challenged by the entire concept of giving a percentage of his income to God’s work, specifically 10%

After returning home from the service, he started processing with his wife and said, “Maybe we should start giving 2 or 3% to the church”?

His wife responded,” I think the challenge was 10% honey, not 2 or 3%”!   So with fear and trepidation, he added up their income year to date and wrote a check to give the following Sunday.

What happened next only God could arrange.

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Life is better in circles than in rows…

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When I was getting ready to leave for college as a freshman at Michigan State, my youth pastor at the time, a guy named Steve Andrews, called me up and said he wanted to meet me before I left.

And honestly, Steve saved my life by insulting me…

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Givers Lead Happier Lives…Now Science Backs That Up!


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The phone rang at the church office.   My assistant let me know that a pastor in our city whom I had not met was on the phone. As a church planter and new to my city, I quickly got excited and dropped what I was doing.

“Hey pastor”, I said.

What happened next I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

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Stretch Beyond All Limitations

“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions” Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Church I had a chance to work with in Atlanta recently closed on an 8-acre parcel of land for just over $360,000.00.  That may not be a big deal depending on where you live but the land was crucial for their vision expansion campaign and…

The same piece of property that the seller wanted over 1.3 Million for just two years ago!  What looked impossible two years earlier to the leadership team they were able to accomplish for seemingly no clear reason except that God showed the Church great favor!

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Fund Raising vs Faith Raising

A bright eyed young man with a cub scout cap approached me one Saturday as I was coming out of Lowes close to where I live.

He had both hands filled with popcorn and cookies ready for a quick sale to any compassionate soul willing to support his cause.

I’m very familiar with the scene, in fact, I have been there having “coached” or better yet “coerced” my kids to get out and do the same for their teams.  Honestly, my first impression was to tell him, “no thanks”

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