I came across a quote by Mother Theresa in my third year of college as I was preparing a persuasive speech for my public speaking class. I was trying to convince people to give at least some of their money. I probably didn't convince anyone of anything, but the quote I stumbled upon through it has never left me.
"It is a poverty that a child should die so you can live as you want."
Wow. I hope to make every decision in light of that perspective. I rarely do, but it's always an inspiration.
Before you read on in this post, go to this link and have your wealth really put into perspective. The Global Rich list will tell you how you fit into the world's economy. We are in the top .95% of the world.
Think about what you could do what your money:
It costs $38/month to support a child through Compassion.
You can support a national missionary for $30/month through Gospel for Asia.
And you can give up even less or more for any number of causes that matter. Places like Samaritan's Purse, Blood:Water Mission, International Justice Mission, and many, many more organizations are changing the world through providing clean water, safe medical care, freedom from slavery, and the hope of Christ.
Think about how much you spend on your cell phone*, internet*, TV*, groceries/eating out, Starbucks, new shoes, decorating your house, your gym membership.
Where else could that money go? Is it worth it to you? Does anyone else have ideas of how to give sacrificially?