Did you know that there are 30,000 storage facilities in the country, and that Americans pay $12 billion a year to store their extra stuff?
30 years ago, Vinh Chung and his family left Vietnam in a fishing boat with 83 other refugees. After drifting on the South China Sea for 5 days, they were about to give up hope when they were rescued by a World Vision aid ship. A few months later, they began their life in America. They worked like crazy to make a good future for themselves. One day, Chung read Luke 12:48, where Jesus says, “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”
But Chung thought this verse didn’t apply to him or his family because they had been given nothing. He later said, “I hoped that rich and powerful people would read Jesus’ words and take them to heart.” In 2002, when he was in medical school, Chung went back to Vietnam to visit extended family. He was shocked by what he saw. The walls of their shacks were plastered over with newspapers. They slept on the floor. Everything was a struggle. He realized how different his life could have been.
He says, “Then I understood. Jesus meant me. I worked hard to get where I am today, but the humbling truth is that my hard work was possible because of a blessing I did nothing to deserve. And I must pass that blessing on in any way I can. Whether you arrived in this country by boat or by birth, much has been given to you.”
In the Bible, 15% of everything Jesus said relates to money or possessions. That’s more than His teachings on heaven and hell combined. Why? Because our approach to money and possessions isn’t just important, it’s central to our spiritual lives.
Giving is more about the state of the heart than the state of your pocketbook. When we choose to give, it’s about more than money. It’s deciding whether we believe Jesus when He said, “Don’t worry about what you eat or drink or what you put on; your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things.”
I want to invite you to give today. The best way to give consistently is through recurring, monthly online donations. It’s safe and easy to use, and your automatic contributions will ensure that you make this spiritual decision each month. Thank you so much for your faith in this area, and for supporting the vision and mission of Suncoast!
Paul Sheridon, Business Administrator