In 2010 Bill and Bill Gloria Gates started a project called The Giving Pledge. The objective was/is to give away 50% of their wealth while living. Warren Buffett along with at least 14 other billionaires joined the pledge.
I think this is wonderful and I wish I was on one of the lists! Anne Grete Eidsvig and Kjell Inge Røkke of Norway joined the pledge group and said this:
"As the lucky ones in life, we have been given much, sacrificed little and gained a lot. It is a true privilege for our family to reconfirm our commitment to give back by joining The Giving Pledge."
I hope their efforts accomplish much and that their commitment encourages others of all financial strata to become serious givers.
Here’s a note of encouragement for those of us who skimp along for the most part, encouragement, that in no way shames the billionaires, but helps to keep things in perspective.
“The widow, and parents, remind us all that true giving, true sacrifice, is not of what we have left over, but of what we could use for our comfort or convenience if we didn't give it. Statistics on giving to charitable causes show that the poor widows still give the most: people of lower income give more proportionately than do the wealthy. As we recall the Lord's self-giving, we ask to be strengthened in our own willingness to give.” Don Talafous.
The first group, while making the news, give of their overage. The group mentioned by Don Talafous, give from a different status. Here’s what I mean to say:
Luke 21:1 “And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,
2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.
3 So He said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;
4 "for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had." (NKJV).
Sure gives us poor folks some hope!
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