An Encouraging Word...
While waiting at a traffic light with her parents in Atlanta, Georgia, Kevin and Joan Salwen's 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, saw a black Mercedes coupe on one side of the road and a homeless man begging for food on the other. Hannah turned to her father and said, "Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal."
Even as they pulled away, Hannah insisted she wanted to do something about the inequity. "What do you want to do?" her mother asked.
"Sell our house," Hannah replied.
Eventually, that's what the Salwen's did. They sold their luxurious home, donated half the proceeds to charity, and bought a modest replacement home. Though the sacrifice was great, the benefits have been greater still. A smaller house has meant a more family-friendly house. "We essentially traded stuff for togetherness and connectedness," Kevin says. "I can't figure out why everybody wouldn't want that deal."
The entire project is chronicled in an upcoming book by Kevin and his daughter, entitled The Power of Half. The aim of the book is to encourage people to step off the "treadmill of accumulation"—to define themselves by what they give, and not by what they possess.
Would you be willing to sell your house, if that’s what God wanted? Should you live with less? This Sunday we start a short sermon series entitled “Money, Sex and Power”. Our society defines success by these three things. Is it better to want more or less? Which will make us happier? What pleases God the most? Join us this Sunday and find out.