Sarah’s mom was getting ready to place the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven when Sarah asked her, “Mommy, why do you and Aunt Barb both cut the ends off the turkey legs before you cook it?” The girl’s mother replied, “I think it might add to the turkey’s flavor, but perhaps you should ask your grandmother since she always did it that way.”
So she went to ask Grandma in the other room. Grandma replied, “Well, I don’t know about your mom and Aunt Barb, but I did it because the turkey was too big for our oven.” (Adapted from: “The Benefits of an Intentional Life”)
There are many things we do out of habit, not realizing that there might be a better way. Take charitable giving, for example. While many people faithfully give cash to Grace Bible College, some may find they would be better off if they put their checkbooks aside and gave appreciated stock or mutual funds instead. That’s because the potential tax savings from giving appreciated assets can free up more of your money to save, invest, or give to the Lord’s work.
In the familiar Bible story of Martha and Mary both doing something good (cleaning the house and listening to Jesus), Jesus commended Mary because she “had chosen what was better” (Luke 10:42). When it comes to the financial resources God has entrusted to us, and investing them in the cause of Christ with organizations such as Grace Bible College, may we also honor the Lord and “choose what is better” – whether that be giving cash or appreciated stock.
For a FREE copy of our special bulletin “Making Better Choices God’s Way” simply check the box on the enclosed reply card or contact Steve Hilbrands from Grace Bible College at 616-538-2330 or Shilbrands@gbcol.edu – or bless your family today with a God-honoring Will at www.christianwill.org/gbc
This is general information and is not intended to be tax or legal advice. Please consult your own advisors.