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Planned Giving

Is Giving One of Your Resolutions This Year?

 

Here Are 5 Guidelines to Help You Reach Your Goals

The start of a new year often brings with it a list of goals people would like to accomplish in the coming twelve months. Such a list can include a desire to be more charitable, to volunteer more, or even to learn a new skill.

If you have resolved to be more generous this year, here are five guidelines to help you reach your goals.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

Immediately They Left

financeAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the typical 8-hour workday on the job isn’t really so typical, often extends beyond a standard eight-hour workday, and also includes work completed at home. In the most recent survey data available, “Full-time employed persons average 8.5 hours of work time on weekdays worked, and 24 percent do some or all of their work at home.” In fact, “42 percent of those with an advanced degree perform some work at home.” That includes basic tasks, scheduled and impromptu meetings, continuing education and training, and the acquisition of tools and supplies as well as their upkeep. And updating a computer app is as fundamental as sharpening a saw.

When Jesus called his first disciples, he found the fishermen—not only on the Sea of Galilee, as was their habit—but also busy repairing their nets, the work of maintenance every tool and equipment owner understands. “As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-22).

“They left their boat and their father and followed him.” We often marvel at such devotion—to leave livelihoods for the uncertainty of following Jesus. Though we’re blessed with twenty-first century hindsight, that was certainly not true of Peter and Andrew, James and John. Nevertheless, Jesus said, “Come after me,” and they did. “Follow me,” and they followed. In doing that, they not only left behind their work—as experienced fishermen—they left behind all preparations for each successful catch—such as mending nets, left behind family—like Zebedee—and left behind family businesses, the comforts of home, and the known for the unknown. We ask about such a seemingly rash set of decisions. Leave behind the certainty of work? Clearly, there was a great more to leave, and yet they followed. They “counted the cost,” and “immediately they left,” called by the Christ to serve.

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