Our local Christian radio station recently finished their once a year fund raising drive where they line up pledges to get through another year. As aggravating as it was to hear pitches for money instead of the normal music, it was something that had to be done to fulfill the concept of the station which is to be 100% “listener supported”.
Did their promotion work? Amazingly, it did (although they had to extend the promotion by 3 days to do it). In one month, and in reality one week, this station received enough pledges to fully fund the salaries, equipment, fees and other needs for one year. Did their promotion work? Amazingly I even committed myself to a dollar a day pledge.
How miniscule is a dollar a day? My wife works at a restaurant where people come in almost every day to get coffee that costs $2.19. Last time I checked, one could buy enough coffee at the store to last a month for around $8.99. Every day people flock to the bazillion convenience stores to get gasoline and their daily fix of sugary drinks and/or calories laden junk food, every day spending a dollar so many times they cannot remember where they all went.
I made a commitment in my heart to sacrifice one of my little perks that “blessed me” (but rarely did) to find that one dollar a day to support the station that gives me something wholesome to listen to while driving 700 or so miles per week. I had to give up something to have the means to give to a cause I believed in.
I get paid once a month and long ago I committed myself to giving 25% of that income to help support Christian Blog. Every month I pause for a moment and think about all the things that 25% could do to ease the constant financial pressure we live under. Every month I say a prayer and send that money, not grudgingly, but with a merry heart to support a ministry that is really helping people via blogs.
We all have a long laundry list of good reasons why we cannot help out the never ending requests made of our resources to help. Most of the time this is a good thing but once in awhile this spills over to causes we want to support but feel we cannot afford to bless with our means.
In a couple of days I will hit the next magic number of blogs I have written which will be 1500. How much does it mean to me to have one place store and provide public access to 1500 things I have written over the past five years? Enough for me to continue giving everything I possibly can to support this incredible ministry and the wonderful man who has devoted so much of his time and life to make it happen. I pray this site can become be 100% “reader/writer supported”.