I talked with Joel not long ago about getting his estate plan in order. He gave me a pained look. His look spoke of something like going to the dentist—knowing that it needs to be done but not wanting to do it. In reality, we need a new vision of estate planning. While estate planning certainly involves some very technical legal issues, it can be so much more. And yes, the estate plan is necessary to mechanically pass on your assets to children and loved ones. But what is the something more?
Not long ago, I sat in a ministry presentation. The ministry was clearly trying to win the crowd to gather support for its ministry. It was a fairly typical presentation. They described who they were, and they listed the numbers behind the impact they were making. And they made a call for support. But they failed to present the big why. Most importantly, they did not understand that their ministry was not the big why. It never is.
Generous—to be liberal in giving or sharing. It is marked by abundance. Such is the definition of generosity. How many generous people do you know? What are their characteristics? Do you know any unhappy generous people? I think not.