He said: So far this blog has been about me, me, me. We have written about our goals and given a small amount of insight into how we are going to reach them. What we haven’t talked as much about is purposeful living. We do have every intention of sitting on our front porch at 40 years old and relaxing, or traveling to foreign places and seeing the world. However, life is about more than that. Will Smith once said, “If you’re not making someone’s life better, you’re wasting your time.” The Bible says it in a different way. Hebrews 13:16 states “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” I view it as the best life experience one can have, the life with the most purpose is one that has been spent improving the lives of those around him.
We personally believe we are all one and we must help those in need as we travel our paths. A world without compassion and giving is not one worth living in. We also believe we have been blessed by the Lord and we must share this blessing through tithing and donations. Some might ask, how can you possibly retire by 40 and still give money to others while trying to reach that goal? I guess our answer would be, how can you not? Every once in a while we should all think about how blessed we are. We have so much water we are able to toss it on our grass while others are dying of thirst. We have so much food we are willing to trash leftovers while others will not eat today. If we aren’t trying to help others in these situations our lives are not purposeful and therefore become meaningless.
If you read our blog, chances are you have something extra to give. Pick a charity or whatever causes you are interested in and donate something. I promise you, you can’t out-give God and your life will be more meaningful for helping those around you.
She said: As L mentioned above, it may seem counterintuitive that we’re suggesting people give money away on a blog that is focused on early retirement. However, I’m reminded of another bible verse. Psalm 4:5 says “Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.” We trust that God will always provide, and so we give freely what he has blessed us with.
We recognize that not all of our readers have the same religious beliefs as we do. However, regardless of what you believe there is one universal truth. Giving to others is one of the best feelings in the world. We have had the opportunity to help friends, strangers, and causes that we believe in, and those were some of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. We have so many different people and causes that we want to support; Red Rocks Church helped us find God, a friend struggled to support her children financially, I met a stranger having a hard time, Children’s Hospital saved our daughter’s life, Homes for Our Troops bought L’s brother in arms a home. There are just too many to count, so we developed a method of choosing one person or cause each month to donate to.
We said: If you haven’t noticed yet, we have been very transparent with our finances on this blog. We feel that it’s important to be honest if we want people to believe and trust in us. However, this is one instance that we feel is better to keep private. The amount we donate is one that we feel is right for our family, however that number is going to be different for everyone. Deuteronomy 16:17 says “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.” In other words, whether your finances allow you to donate $1 or $1,000, if it is given with an open heart, it is enough.