Helping Christians Generously Share God’s Blessings
That’s my mission here at CheerfulMoney.com.
I have a quick question for you.
Are you generously sharing God’s blessings? If so, why?
What is your motivation to give?
To help the hurting? To impact the world? To support a mission you believe in? To show love?
I would like to help you help others by learning to be a bigger giver.
If you already have a spirit of generosity you’ll know where I’m coming from when I say, ‘I wish I could give more.’
Sadly, giving as generously as we want to is rarely within reach.
The results of our lack of giving causes churches to be underfunded, nonprofits to operate in the red, children and elderly to go without basic needs – all while living in the wealthiest time period in history, buried in a pile of debt and stuff.
If you ever find yourself saying one of the following statements, you’re in the right place:
If I had more ______ I would give more to _______.
That’s heartbreaking! I wish I could help ______.
They say it’s only $30 per month…but they’ve never seen my month.
Tithe a full 10% to my church? Impossible.
It’s time to start giving how you truly want to give!
My goal with Cheerful Money is to help you generously share God’s blessings.
Why Cheerful? Because God loves a cheerful giver. It’s rooted in 2 Corinthians 9:7. Read more on that here.
This is a community of givers who are tired of letting their money create worry and stress in their life, and are instead ready to handle their money cheerfully. Part of that strategy is striving to become a cheerful giver!
It’s time to start enjoying your money again! Committing to give is the best way!
I’m here to give help and help give.
Hello. I’m Guy.
Just like you, there is a lot that makes me me. Maybe this will help you relate to me. Maybe not. Let’s try.
I’m a Christ-follower, pastor, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson.
My top priorities in my life are serving the Lord, serving my family and serving my church (not just because I work there, jeez!) and helping others do the same.
Need a couple fun things too? Here are my two favorite hobbies that are completely unrelated to Cheerful Money:
1. Honey bees! Honey! Yep, I’m a hobby beekeeper along with my dad. We currently have 6 colonies and our honey is delicious!
2. I’m a runner. Well, I ran the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon. So I guess I’m a runner…or was…or try to be. Well, I’m trying not to quit. I won’t share my finish time, because I don’t want to embarrass anyone (me).
Oh, and I listen to WAY TOO MANY personal finance podcasts, and my wife says I’m addicted to quality bound Bibles. Hence, the Cheerful Money combination!
If you need more personal stuff, which I can’t imagine you do, keep up with the blog and I expect you’ll find it sprinkled around. No point in hiding who I am.
Now, on to why you are actually here.
I’m a giver and you should be too.
As the full-time, weekly teaching pastor at my local church, giving is often on my mind. No, it’s not because I live on ‘pass-the-plate’ money (we actually don’t do that). No, it’s not because I need a raise. No, it’s not because we’re starting a building project.
Giving is on my mind as a pastor because it’s the best window into a persons heart. Yes. It’s true. How and if we give of your time, talent and treasure is the litmus test for whether our hearts are for the things of God or still all about us.
My hope is you will grow to generously share God’s blessings.
Jesus said it long before I did: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
If you love the people that a mission or ministry is reaching, you’ll give to it. Maybe (hopefully) not always dollars and cents, but you’ll give. We are called to be givers. To bless as we’ve been blessed.
The origin story of this website is built on what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NLT:
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
This is the heartbeat of Cheerful Money. It is my hope for you. For you to give like you’ve never given before!
To achieve this we’ve got work to do. I’ve got work to do. This will require a prioritization switch.
It will require setting giving goals. “Did he just say giving goals?” I know, I know, you’re familiar with ‘earning goals’ and ‘saving goals’ and ‘investing goals’, every financial guru and blogger is helping you set those.
Cheerful Money is different. We set goals to give more to support the causes we care about!
How awesome would it feel to give 10% to your church next year?
How awesome would it feel to give another 10% to a local mission that’s always struggling to make budget?
How awesome would it feel to give another 10% to a global mission in a third world country?
What if your goal was to give 1/3, save 1/3, and live on 1/3 of your income? Wow! That’s moving the needle!
Let’s think even bigger! What if your goal was to give 90% and live on 10%? Impossible? With the right plan and the right heart it’s not impossible. You and I would be surprised how many people achieve that level of generosity.
Why not you?
Are you ready to start generously sharing God’s blessings?
I’m here to give help and help give.