|I'd like to invite you to change
the world - a dollar at a time. When you're done reading this, I'm
going to ask you to get your wallets and take out every dollar bill you
have. I'm not going to ask you to send them anywhere. I just want you to do something
These are at best stressful times for nearly everyone.
Unemployment and foreclosure rates are skyrocketing. The cost of groceries
seems to rise with each passing week. Keeping the lights on and ensuring
that your family warm in winter and cool in the summer takes a bigger
chunk out of every budget. For many internet service and cable television
have become an unaffordable luxury. Even the more fortunate among us have
watched in horror as the value of their investments shrivel and the volume
of business slows to a near halt.
Faced with these fears, how many families come together to pray in
"In God We Trust"?
No church is immune. With dwindling donations, staffs and
services are cut to the bone. One by one, parishes and schools
shut their doors.
How often does the Church come together to pray,
"In God We
In the scramble to maintain our lifestyles, we negotiate, we bargain,
and sometimes we beg. But it continues. Banks crash. Entire industries are bailed out
pushing nations to the brink of collapse. It's lights out for small
business. Jobs are lost. Darkened storefronts in the downtowns of every
town gape like missing teeth in a once bright smile.
Somehow we continue to think that with the right maneuvers we can fix
it all, but nothing seems to work. There is a very simple solution. You
can find it on every dollar bill, every coin in your pocket:
"In God We Trust"
If ye then, being evil, know how
to give good gifts unto your children,
how much more shall your Father
which is in heaven
give good things to them that ask
Step One: Get your wallet right
Take out all the dollar bills of every denomination.
Grab a pen or a highlighter.
Circle or highlight the words "In God We Trust"
on every single bill.
No cash on hand?
Go to the nearest ATM and get some now.
Step Two: Start paying with cash
Most of us pay
for everything with credit or debit cards these days.
personally often find myself without a single dollar in my possession.
That's a shame for two reasons. First, we lose something
very basic by foregoing the exchange of cash for goods or services. That
"hand to hand" transaction is sterilized by the use of plastic. There's no
"thank you" involved. Just swipe, grab your receipt and you're done.
Second, if we see someone in need, we don't necessarily
have even a small amount of cash on hand to help out.
Step Three: Pray it.
the people who will receive these dollars
Pray that they will be blessed with
God's loving care. Pray that they will use these dollars for God's
Trust in God that the message will be
seen by someone who needs to see it, at just the right moment.
Step Five: Teach It
Make sure your children know that all things
from God and that He will provide them
with everything they need
Help them to teach others to trust in
Step Six: Preach It
Suggest to your pastor that the people of God need to pray
"In God We Trust"
for the needs of the Church
Start putting marked cash in the basket
No one but God needs to know how much you give