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Can Others Help You?
I confess I’m not good at asking others for help in fundraising and ministry. And I think I know why.
Years ago I chopped wood to heat our house. My ax and I took on a few dozen Douglas firs. I loved it! Yet a few times I gave up and turned on our house furnace, which often meant higher heating costs. Why did I give up? Chopping the wood demanded increased exertion because my ax edge grew dull.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the ax is dull, and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” Just like a dull ax makes chopping difficult, a dull fundraising ax produces harder and longer work, but not smarter. My pride and perfectionism can keep my ax dull because I think, “I can do it better than you”—or “I have to do this myself.” That attitude can squash efforts to let others help.
But I’d like to change. One way to improve funding efforts is through volunteers. Here are a few ideas:
Ask someone to lead Bible study because you’re planning a funding appeal that night.
Find a place without distractions to use the phone. Go to a friend’s house, if needed, to find a quiet place for an hour.
Ask a friend to watch the kids for an afternoon so you can make calls or write notes to ministry partners.
Let a friend know about your phone plans for a particular day. Ask the friend to pray for you, and mention you’ll call afterward to give your friend a report.
Do you have some dull axes? What is the issue? Funding is still your responsibility and mine, but can others help you out? Are you willing to ask?
Contact Jim Mock via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.