I have four kids, and I am so blessed because of the generous tax deductions they provide me.

You DO know I’m just kidding… right?! My kids are the love of my life and I cannot imagine life without them. I love watching who they will grow up to be and enjoy spending time with them now.

Naturally, you’d be concerned if I sincerely told you my kids were just a tax break to me. You would (rightly) question my values – if not my sanity. What dad is that cold and cynical?

But, amid the height of tax preparation season, it’s easy to get so focused on the tax advantages of charitable giving, you lose sight of the real value in giving.

From Deductions to Destinies

Think of it this way, at the other end of your dollar is a life… a life ordained by God with a purpose, or – as Jeremiah 29:11 puts it – a hope and a future.

Regardless of what you may think, you were no accident – your Heavenly Father created you with a divine destiny and purpose, and that destiny intersects with thousands of other lives. The same is true for the little boy in India, whose parents were murdered for their faith, leaving him homeless and alone. The same is true for the little girl in Thailand, who was taken from her family and sold into slavery. The same is true for the young woman in Nicaragua, who picks through the garbage each day at the local dump, for anything to feed her children.

This is where most Americans’ heads “tilt.” I know it’s hard to imagine, but half of the world’s population lives in unimaginable poverty. Did God forget them? Not at all. God has a plan for their lives, too. Before the foundation of the world, He knew them. He has a plan for each and every other person who has ever walked the earth, regardless of their current living conditions. Many of them won’t live long enough to fulfill God’s plan for their lives, simply because of this debilitating poverty.

But it doesn’t HAVE to end that way. Just like your circumstances don’t define who you are and what you can achieve with your life, their circumstances don’t define them, either.

Right now, God may be planning to raise up a young woman from the stench of a Central American garbage dump and give her a vision to lead her people out of poverty. It only takes one person to listen to His voice, accept His vision and refuse to let circumstances define her, to transform a nation.

Where Destinies Meet

This is where her destiny intersects with yours. God’s plan for her life includes stepping out as a leader, while God’s plan for your life includes giving from your abundance, to ensure she gets the resources to start. It starts with providing a meal. It may include finding her a safe home, a word of encouragement or an education… things we can take for granted, but they are just a dream for her. Your donation makes that dream come true for her, giving her the stepping stones to a position of leadership capable of changing other people’s’ lives.

With that in mind, I encourage you to think differently about your giving. While the tax deduction IS a nice benefit, it’s NOT the whole story. When you give to King’s Ransom Foundation, a life is always attached to your giving – a person you helped to elevate from their cycle of poverty, who can now turn and help lead her family, her neighborhood, and generations of other people, into a better life.

To learn more about how you can transform a nation one person at a time, visit kingsransom.org.

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