“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” — 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)
New Cowboys backup quarterback Jon Kitna is working for free this week.
The 41-year-old almost-retiree already forfeits his salary as a high school teacher and coach in Tacoma. And now, he’s taking the $53,000 the Cowboys are paying him this week and giving it to the high school he already won’t let pay him. This, after giving away 20% of what he’s always made away in the NFL to church and charity.
“I just have always been taught that your money is not your own,” Kitna told my former colleague Gwen Knapp last week in a powerful Sports on Earth piece. “Our resources don’t come from ourselves. They’re given to us by God, and we need to have an open hand and let him do with it as he wishes.”
Kitna gives to organizations he believes in, places that are doing things that matter most to him. What will you give to?
Long ago, soon-to-be king David cried out, “Is there not a cause?” and there are many. Some churches ask you to invest in their cause for Christ. Some ask you for money just ’cause they can.
We have a cause at the Porterville Church of God. We want to empty hell and fill heaven by sharing the love and message of the Savior Jesus Christ to everyone within the reach of our influence and voice. We want to live with passion for God, and compassion for people. I believe in this cause so much, I left my job as an NFL writer at the San Francisco Chronicle to pastor to invest everything I’ve got into this cause.
My question to you is, do you think this cause is worth investing in, too?