Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sacrifice that goes ahead

This is another morning after… the morning after our university reunions. I have a happy headache—probably from not drinking enough water during the ebb and flow of the past week. For an alumni director with only a student assistant, it’s a great relief to be on the other side of an all-day series of events. That one student worker checked off item after item on her January to-do list. (Thanks, dear Kristi!) Our volunteers and board members rolled up their sleeves and worked hard. I am grateful.

The alumni who attended yesterday run non-profits, teach school, work in banks, real estate, and churches. They raise families, volunteer in their communities, and travel widely to serve. They have integrity, the respect of their peers, and wide influence. I was thrilled to hear what God has done in and through them.

As I listened to those who showed up for the wrap-up evening reception, I thought of the sacrifices that paid their education. Who were the people who recognized the value of training raw, young, and sometimes unruly students in past decades? Who saw the potential in kids with shaky spiritual foundations, no career direction, and few clear plans?

I have friends who steadily shape the future. They pray, but they also practice their faith by investing money in young people, not knowing the outcome. They trust God to use their sacrificial investments to make the world of the future better.

If you want to support world-changers, please donate at Or log on at your own alma mater to sacrifice for what lies ahead. Any amount is welcome and appreciated.

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*(David)"'And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple. . . . Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the LORD today?' Then the family leaders, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, the generals and captains of the army, and the king's administrative officers all gave willingly.

The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy." 1 Chronicles 29:3, 5-6, 9 NLT

*The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29

*Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 NIV

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