How many of you are living paycheck to paycheck?
What do I mean by “paycheck to paycheck”? What I mean is that you need that paycheck to keep coming in order to pay your bills. If you don’t get that paycheck, you won’t be able to pay bills, buy groceries, etc. Does that describe your family? If so, your answer is “Yes” to that question.
But if you have enough savings where you can live for at least a month or more without any income, without working, without unemployment, then you would answer “no” that you are not living paycheck to paycheck.
My intent is not to shame anyone. I know in our society there is a goal, a dream, that we should build up savings accounts and become financially independent. But the reality is that for many of us finances can be such a struggle.
Those of you who are younger families, life is expensive with all the sports, and lots of bills, school loans, groceries, health insurance, car loans, rent or mortgages, and credit cards.
If you are an older family you might have a fixed income, lots of health bills, and life might be expensive for you too.
The reality is that we live in an amazingly prosperous society, but most people don’t feel prosperous. Instead, for most of us, finances stress us out. Do finances stress you out? My hand is raised for that one. I hate money. I work hard to earn it, and it seems like it is gone just as fast as it comes in.
You know what that means? When money feels tight, it is hard to be generous.
Not to mention how many people and organizations are asking for money: the sports booster club, the fire company, the fraternal order of police, the politicians, the non-profits like the Boy Scouts and local social services organizations.
And then there is the church asking you to give to mission trips, fundraisers, missionaries, the weekly regular offering, and more.
Let’s just admit it. We churches ask a lot. Last week at Faith Church it struck me that on one weekend we asked our church family to bring donations for the youth group Chicken BBQ, then to purchase Chicken BBQ, then to give a regular offering on Sunday morning, then to give over and above offering to the Capital campaign, and then at the end of the worship service, we asked yet again, when took up our monthly special offering for missionaries.
Frankly, as I read this, it’s embarrassing. Essentially, last weekend we asked the family of Faith Church to give to five different needs. I’m tired of fundraising. Are you?
We live in a day and age where so much is asked of us. We are tired of all the requests. We wish we could give more, and we feel guilty that we can’t. Have you felt like that? It is called donor fatigue, and it is real. Has donor fatigue crept into your heart and mind?
This Sunday we finish our study through 1st Timothy, looking at what Paul says in 1 Timothy 6:17-21. He has some important words to say to those of us experiencing donor fatigue. We invite you to join us at Faith Church this Sunday May 14, 2017 as we are going to talk about how we should view generosity in a world where finances are a struggle and many of us have a bad case of donor fatigue.