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Apr 09, 2012

Sarah's mom was getting ready to place the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven when Sarah asked her, “Mommy, why do you cut the end of the turkey legs off before you put it in the oven?” Sarah's mom replied because that was the way her sister and her mom did it. “Why don't you go ask your grandma?” So she went to ask grandma in the other room. Grandma replied, “I don't know why your mom and your aunt do it but I did it because the turkey was too big for our oven.”

There are many things we do out of habit, not realizing that there might be a better way. Take charitable giving, for example. While many people faithfully give cash to Bethany Christian Services, some may find they would be better off if they put their checkbooks aside and gave appreciated stock or mutual funds instead. That's because the potential tax savings from giving appreciated assets can free up more of your money to save, invest, or give to the Lord's work.

In the familiar Bible story of Martha and Mary both doing something good (cleaning the house and listening to Jesus), Jesus commended Mary because she "had chosen what was better" (Luke 10:42). When it comes to the financial resources God has entrusted to us, and investing them in the cause of Christ with organizations such as Bethany Christian Services, may we also honor the Lord and "choose what is better" - whether that be giving cash or appreciated stock.

For the full version of this article, ask for a FREE copy of our special bulletin “Making Better Choices God’s Way” by contacting us toll-free at 866.905.7526.