Over the years I’ve seen and read numerous accounts of how the Egyptians may have built the pyramids and how the Druids (or some older group of Brits) may have built Stonehenge. Some of the theories make a little sense, but they all seem to leave unanswered questions.
Maybe all of these ancient wonders were built by little green men from another planet, or some lost civilization whose engineering secrets were destroyed by a race of Barbarians.
Then along comes some old guy with a simple explanation… that is actually believable.
My only question is how he gets the little rocks underneath the gigantic stones.
I think we all face problems in our lives. How we deal with them says a lot about how we were raised… as well as how much money we have in the bank.
For example, if my bride and I had a big fat cushion of cash, we would’ve paid professionals to come in and redo our kitchen. I think that would’ve been a terrible mistake. Besides having the project cost us an additional $5,000, we would not have derived the same sense of satisfaction and pride.
When we first moved into our home, our first major project was to build a deck. It was not just any deck; it was a two level deck with a combined space of about one thousand square feet.
Once again we saved a bundle by doing it ourselves. Yet, the pride in being able to say “we did it… and we’re still married!” is the more important factor.
I was recently elected to our church council and must now help solve another problem. The weekly contributions have fallen off and we either have to find a way to increase donations or reduce our various ministries.
To be honest, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve already suggested some steps we might take to reduce our monthly expenses, but I’m more interested in finding ways to increase our income.
That thought frightens me. I’m thinking like a politician! Instead of simply finding ways to eliminate waste and cut costs, I’m looking for new tax opportunities.
Not really. What I’m doing is trying to come up with some fund raising ideas that will get many of our members involved and many of our non-members to come visit us and spend their money.
Perhaps our government should try something similar. Perhaps they could start finding ways to earn the money instead of simply raising taxes.
While we’re waiting for the flying pigs, if you have any suggestions on how a small church might raise some extra money, please let me know.