I sat in church service today, reflecting on the Biblical views of money. Dave Ramsey was speaking. He explained that there are four stages of money:
1-NOW – you have to pay your utilities, rent, etc. This is living paycheck to paycheck.
2-THEN – this starts when you are out of debt and begin planning for retirement, college for children, etc.
3-US – this is where you plan to leave inheritance for generations to come (Proverbs 13:22 - A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
4-THEM – this is where you look externally, into the world, to find where you can make an impact.
I want to talk about the “THEM” part of money. How do you decide where to spend your money? What products to buy? What companies to support? What does your money say about you....it's pretty simple to find out. Look at what you spent the most on last month. That is what is most important to you!
I want my money to count. I want it to make a difference. $5 could go toward your morning latte, or it could buy a lifesaving mosquito net for someone in Africa. $500 could buy you the latest iPad or it could buy a heifer for a starving family, resulting in income and food. $7000 could buy a family of 4 a luxurious Disney World trip or it could build a well in Haiti and provide for a village for generations to come.
I’m not saying that we should not enjoy a morning coffee or a family vacation. What I am saying, though, is that we can work collaboratively to purchase products that benefit a cause outside of ourselves. This is exactly why I started Quenching Well. I want you to be able to buy every day, usable products, while knowing that the profits go to help others with clean water. You can buy products anywhere, but are you fattening a CEO’s pocket, or are you helping those less fortunate who desperately need our help?
Below are some companies I enjoy supporting.
Lanna Coffee http://www.lannacoffeeco.com/
Modern Abolition http://www.modernabolition.com/
3 Strands Global http://www.3strandsglobal.com/
Quenching Well http://quenchingwell.com/
Feed Projects https://www.feedprojects.com/bags
Please feel free to share which organizations you like to support in the comments!