Do your giving while you’re living
By Steve Nailor
I have been using Good Morning, Lord Can We Talk?, a book of devotions by Chuck Swindoll.
In the July 15 devotion, Swindoll talks about a godly friend and financial counselor who convinced him and his wife they should share their possession and inheritance before they die.
Swindoll quotes adviser: “Do your givin’ while you’re livin’,” a principle of handling financial blessings straight from God’s word:
Abraham gave everything he owned to his son Isaac. But before he died, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them off to a land in the east, away from Isaac.
Abraham lived for 175 years, and he died at a ripe old age, having lived a long and satisfying life. He breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death.
Genesis 25:5-8 (New Living Translation)
This devotion speaks to me as I hope it speaks to you.
We have established the Heritage Society as a way for you to do your givin’ while you’re livin’.
The society provides an opportunity to support the foundation through:
- Planned giving
- Life insurance policies
- Charitable gift annuities
- Charitable endowments
Members of the Heritage Society may create an endowed fund in their name or in honor of a friend or loved one. The fund may be devoted to all ministries of the commission or to a particular ministry.
You can start an endowment with as little as $1,000.
The principal of the fund you create will endure in perpetuity. Only the interest will be used in accordance with the goals you specify and the direction of a volunteer board of directors of the foundation.
Do your giving while you’re still living.
Steve Nailor, president
UM Men Foundation