Summary: To let Christians know that for someone’s 2009 to be better than their 2008 will require them to increase their giving.

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Would you agree that most people find it challenging to keep a good secret? Can you imagine what it would be like to be the keeper of thousands of juicy secrets? Frank Warren is such a person. There is probably no person in all of history who has been told more secrets than Frank Warren.

In 2004 Warren set out on a project to find out what kind of secrets people have and if they’d be willing to share those secrets with others. And so he set out by leaving self addressed and stamped postcards scattered throughout Washington D.C. that asked people to share their regrets, fears, betrayals, desires and confessions. They were invited to reveal anything they wanted as long as it is true and they had never shared it with anyone before. Warren now has over 100,000 secret postcards in storage and receives about 1,000 more cards a week.

I went to his blog the other day and read some of the secrets he posted. And there are some juicy secrets. Granted I haven’t read all of his secrets, but of the ones I did, I noticed one secret that wasn’t mentioned. And that’s the secret for how someone can make 2009 better than 2008. I thought about sending my own postcard to him with that secret written on the back, but instead I wanted you to be the first to hear it.

Would you like to hear the secret that could help you have a better year, this year? [S] The second secret for having a better year is to “Earn all you can.”

You heard me right. The second Secret for making 2009 better than 2008 for someone is to make as much money as you can. I wish I could say that this little secret is just between you and me, but the truth of the matter is that the founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, blabbed this secret to the Methodists over 200 years ago when he told them to earn all they could. Why? Well, let me tell you the rest of the secret. John Wesley told the Methodists to [S] “Earn all you can, save all you can, so you can give all you can.” According to Wesleynomics 101 Methodists are encouraged to earn as much as they can, not so that they can increase their standard of living but so they can increase their standard of giving.

As ironic as it sounds, I believe that someone’s key to having a better year will be determined by whether or not they increase their standard of giving. No doubt, some people might think that this flies in the face of conventional wisdom, and it does. But conventional wisdom is not the finale word when it comes to being a Christ follower. The word of God is.

[S] Hear the holy scripture read from 2 Corinthians 9.7-15. “Remember this” the Apostle Paul wrote. “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

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