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Mar 04, 2016

Seen by over three million people in just two days, this viral photo of a drenched father shielding his young son from the rain captures the selfless love of a parent. It demonstrates how far a simple act of kindness can go. “Umbrella Dad” became an Internet sensation simply by giving of himself to someone he loves. What a great example.

Each day we have opportunities to act on behalf of others—by giving encouragement, our time, energy, and resources. The truth of James 1:17, that “every good and perfect gift” we have comes from God, can inspire better stewardship and impact others. As author Randy Alcorn once quipped, “Just because God puts His money in our hands doesn’t mean He intends it to stay there!” We are to be conduits of blessing.

Here’s a unique way you can involve your children or grandchildren in blessing others. Have you considered designating a percentage of your Estate to a charity like Bethany Christian Services? What if you invited your heirs to choose the department or initiative they’d like the funds to support? Or perhaps you’d consider allowing them to choose the charity altogether! This giving concept is growing in popularity among donors and yielding amazing results. The children and grandchildren are experiencing:

  •  By allowing your heirs a hand in this important decision, you’ll clearly communicate your confidence in them. They’re certain to feel seen and respected. 
  • Encourage them to research and make an informed decision, then choose a ministry or initiative that aligns with their values. Or, if you prefer, create parameters on the front end to ensure a decision that will reflect your values as well. 
  • This exercise will show your heirs that giving isn’t only for an “older” generation. They’ll see firsthand the impact they can make for generations to come. 

Being conduits of God’s blessing may be as simple as shielding someone from the rain or giving what God has placed in your hand to someone in need—and the impact could be eternal.

Learn more about including Bethany in your Estate: bethany.org/legacy