Have a quick read of this article:
Basically – some of the richest people in the world have committed to give away at least half of their fortune. That’s a massive amount of money that’s going to be given to make the world a better place. Now, there are a few things we could say here – one might be that billionaires giving away some of their fortune isn’t much of a sacrifice when they’ll still have more than enough to survive on. Others might say it’s nothing more than a big ego trip. Maybe they’re right.
I’m preferring at this point to see this as a little bit of kingdom in action – believing that God works through the most incredible circumstances to bring hope to the poor. Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t think any of these people are buying a home in heaven…quite the opposite…but they are at least doing something to improve this mess of a world that most of us like to moan about.
So, good job rich people.
Here are some quotes that echo more than a little of the Jesus message:
‘Warren Buffett, aka the Sage of Ohama, and the third richest person in the world: “Were we to use more than one percent of my claim checks (Berkshire Hathaway stock certificates) on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced. In contrast, that remaining 99 percent can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others”‘
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Melinda, his wife: ‘We have been blessed with good fortune beyond our wildest expectations, and we are profoundly grateful. But just as these gifts are great, so we feel a great responsibility to use them well’
Star Wars creator George Lucas – ‘I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education’
Former Citigroup chairman Sanford Weill and Joan, his wife: ‘We are firm believers that shrouds don’t have pockets’
Jeff Skoll, the Canadian-born engineer who was the first president of eBay, and his girlfriend Paige: ‘The world needs each of us doing all we can to ensure a brighter tomorrow for future generations’
Hope comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes…