By Mark Harris
With what or with whom are you obsessed?
I had not considered that question until a few weeks ago during a conversation with a fellow Friends for Life member of 4Tucson. Toward the end of our conversation he made a curious statement. He said, “You seem to be obsessed with living a life of radical generosity.” I laughed out loud. The statement surprised me. I never really thought of living a life of generosity as being an obsession, but I admit, I am excited about the subject.
My excitement started a few years ago, when another Friend for Life member, Jim Weisert, and I started facilitating Journey of Generosity Retreats together. We refer to the Journey of Generosity retreats as JOGs for short.
Before attending our first JOG, my wife and I had always considered ourselves as generous people. We did all the obligatory things associated with generosity. We tithed, we gave over and above our tithe to church projects, missionaries and local organizations that unapologetically promoted Jesus. Sometimes we made financial commitments to give by faith when we didn’t actually have the money in the bank. Without exception God showed His faithfulness and blessed us with the money to give – every single time! At times it was scary to step out in faith, but it was exhilarating to trust God and actually see Him do a miracle in our lives.
The JOG took Debbie’s and my understanding of generosity to a whole other level. The retreat challenged us to look deeper into what biblical generosity actually was. We met other people who were on the same journey and heard their stories of radical generosity. One of the reasons it is called a “journey” is because the transformation of our giving paradigm didn’t come all at once. For us, it was gradual through a series of small incremental steps of obedience.
It has been Jim’s and my experience that small steps of obedience is exactly how the transformation happens to others who participate in the retreat as well. As facilitators of the retreats, we witnessed Romans 12:2 come to life. It says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” We have witnessed Christians whose lives have been radically transformed by what they learned at the retreat.
Maybe I am obsessed with my own journey of radical generosity. Committing to living a life of biblical generosity and watching God work in our lives really has changed my wife’s and my perspective. It has change Jim and his wife’s perspective. Jim and I have witnessed God’s transformational work in the lives of other participants at each JOG retreat. How could anyone not be excited about that?
Jim and I will be facilitating our first JOG of 2021 on May 7th and 8th. It starts on Friday at noon on the 7th and ends at noon on Saturday the 8th. It is limited to 12 couples and is on a first come first served basis. Jim and I pay for the weekend, so it costs you nothing to participate. There will be no ask for money – zero – zip. Our only motivation is to introduce you to a more meaningful way of understanding biblical generosity. At the end of the retreat you will be given the opportunity to join us in this life changing journey. The journey will look different for every person. But the fun is in taking the journey together with other like-minded Jesus followers. At the JOG you will make new friendships with other Christians who deeply desire to be used by God in a powerful way.
I predict that within a year of starting your own Journey of Generosity, you too will be overwhelmed with the joy that comes from watching God work through your life of intentional, radical generosity. The JOG will transform your mind. It will bring a new level of joy and fulfillment into your life. It will deepen your walk with God.
If God is prompting you to join us for the May JOG, click the link below to reserve your spot. It is important that if you are married, both husband and wife attend together.