The Law of Generosity can be miss-understood and applied in a way that actually hurts people rather than helping them. By Gary Shotton #000479
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God’s Law for Business – The Law of Generosity #479
By Gary Shotton
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Hello, my name is Gary Shotton, and I’m here as a part of Inspiring Better Business and today we’re going to talk about one of the laws of God for doing business and we’re on a passion here, seeking out God’s best plan so we can help people be financially stable and, and empowered to do that. And through this entrepreneurship, godly business entrepreneurship. Well, we’re going to talk about the law of generosity. And we’re going to talk about it in a way that is directed primarily from a developing nation to an underdeveloped nation, and are the how money can flow to them and maybe some mistakes we have made or I’ve seen being made, and how we can make things better, we hope and the law of generosity is is as focused around in this case about goers, the people that moved or left this land and went overseas to help another people group and so there’s actually two or three people involved. So the the person that went the person that we’re trying to help and then of course, the giver, the person that’s here to help financially. And in those regards, we’re not talking about just those three people. We’re talking about their spouses and their families and how important it is for us to look at this as a multi generational endeavor and how to break this pattern that sometimes happens that the children are so disillusioned that they leave even the church or even God’s plan for their life. Well, the story goes this way that a couple our family, with some small children were just destined to be missionaries to go to a foreign land and by the way, it sounded like somebody you know, I’m not talking about any one person. This is about eight or 10 people that follow this same pattern that I personally know. There’s got to be hundreds of others that did this same process and the process. Usually the money’s not very abundant, and so money’s tight and when we get to the foreign land, we start becoming unsure about how to use that money. Now when I give money to a missionary, I want to first take care of my troops. I want to take care of my American missionaries, and I don’t expect them to fund everything that’s happening. Under their arena there. In other words, I’m not expecting them to take my money and make them feed hundreds of people or or to to build buildings or to buy tambourines or buy drum sets or become the source for all the money I’m believing that our missionaries are going to go there and teach the lessons that are needed for those people to identify with God in all aspects of their life. And we teach about different things that praise and worship and they have great praise and worship teams and foreign lands. And we teach about other ministry aspects, but sometimes we skip that, and we don’t teach about how business and money and finance ought to be handled. And you know, the money is just a tool to help those other things happen. And without the money and without the money coming from eventually and very quickly from the people we’re trying to help. We can create a dependency that’s unhealthy. So as this couple is our family is involved in a foreign land. If they’re not careful, they’re stretching the money too thin. They’re not they’re being overly generous with the causes of of changing the culture and people in that land and an A not generous enough with their own family. And this can create a lot of long term hardship within the family relation. I’ve seen at least seven if not 10 families that we knew left to change the world and came back with a family totally destroyed. And that’s never was the intent of God in us going overseas. And the issue is that issue of generosity, if I’m not careful, I’m more generous to a foreign land than my own children and my own spouse. And in that process, there’s wedges being drawn wedge between and our mission statement includes that our purpose is to change lives for generations to come. While the first generation is mine and that’s the one I want to reach for sure. Before I reach into the rest of the world. And what we’re doing is we’re training people, it isn’t what I tell people, it’s the way I handle things. So I can talk about faith from God that God’s supplying here, but but if I’m I’m not money in a way, that’s that’s the right balance. Then I’m telling my own children, that God is a poor God, that if you’re going to follow God, then you’re going to have lack, you’re never going to have the things other people would have considered even normal for children to have. They’re going to feel resentful, and that’s happened. I’ve seen that happen. And then if we’re not careful, we’re telling the people in the foreign land the Nationals in the foreign land, that this is the way it works. You’ve got to find somebody from a developed nation. Not just America. There’s other Australia. You’re up there Netherlands, there’s people that are here wanting to help. And if you can latch on to one of those, there will be your protect your perpetual funding method. And so that’s not healthy. That’s not God’s plan, because eventually those people that are funding that panel apart process, that it’s increasing and increasing and pretty soon Whoa, we’re overly dependent on money from overseas, and that money has a way of disappearing very quickly if you’re not careful. So the goal here is to not create a dependency on others outside of God. God is the we’re giving an avenue and a channel for them, to to the people to understand that God is more than enough, more sufficient he’s not going to run out of funds. He’s not going to run out of blessings. And if a person can learn how God works with money and finances, and teach that to a foreign group, and they really understand that they should become the givers. You see, when we’re just giving and they’re consuming and we’re not teaching them that they can create revenue and income and and provision that to the point that they’re actually giving my faith to help others others in their own community. Why would we go into a community and be the sole provider of are the major provider of the money necessary to do a project. By the way, when we start a project, we start a process. We should have an exit plan, that if we say let’s help in this in this manner, but next year, realize I’m not going to give nearly as much as I did on the first year. That’s not uncommon, because if we’re not careful, the people receiving the money are now ramping up to a bigger, bigger process here and then expecting more money. Now there is a difference between earn money and gift money. So we as a ministry, I actually pay people to a fair wage, and they are producing a fair return for that wage. And we’re not being hard in this and we help with the expenses. And those expenses are related to us doing what we’re doing in helping in our minute Ministry of inspiring better business. So there’s a difference between earned and donations. And so we handle those appropriately, that earned money is for those people to use and it should be of sufficiency to match their culture and their in their environment there. So as we proceed forward, we’re trying to create this process, this methodology that we can create financial stability for generations to come. We really mean that we want that we are desiring that and we ask that you do and join with us in that idea. Pray for us and and consider being a part of that is not not to support me. I’m not this isn’t a play for money at all. This is a plea to Hey, how can you help us money wisely? And we believe we’re doing that and we’re open to your assistance if you should choose. Well, thanks for being a part of Inspiring Better Business.
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