The Dollar Club
A dollar doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up. If you gave someone a dollar, it might not go very far. But if one hundred people gave the same person a dollar, that’s something. And the numbers can grow beyond that if more people are involved or if people give a dollar more often.
That’s the premise put forth by Jon Weece in his book, Jesus Prom. I liked his idea so much, I wanted to share it with you. Who knows? Maybe you can find a way to apply this to your circle of influence at work, home, school, church, or sports team. Maybe you can make a difference with a dollar.
If one person asks me to help them and I give them one dollar, that dollar does not have the potential to change that one person’s life.
But what if ten people each gave one dollar to one person in need? Or what if one hundred people each gave one dollar to one person in need? Or what if one hundred thousand people each gave one dollar to one person in need?
Change is possible. The potential for change is greater with we than me.
I work with many people in need. I have many friends who want to help people in need. So we started a Dollar Club. Bad name. Good idea. We meet every weekend. And every weekend everyone gives one dollar to help one person in need. No money spent to give money away. No committees. No hidden fees. No administrative costs. No fine print. No extra charges. No hoops to jump through. No bureaucracy. No government. No red tape. No middleman.
You give a dollar; someone gets a dollar.
We give fourteen thousand one-dollar bills; someone gets fourteen thousand one-dollar bills. Giving has gone up in a down economy.
These are the economics of love. You will never miss the dollar you give away. Never. Ever.
You will miss the opportunity to change a person’s life.
It’s change for a dollar.
As followers among followers, I invite people to bring heaven to earth. And heaven is synonymous with hope. Everyone I know needs hope. The poorest people on the planet are the people without hope. When we bring heaven to earth, we bring hope to people. When we bring hope to people, we end poverty.
Hope is the reason one dollar can change the world. What could happen if you and your friends started a Dollar Club? Pick a better name if you like.
It’s easy. Any gathering of friends can do it: a choir, a senior class, a bowling league, a motorcycle gang, your office, your family, your neighborhood, your team. The guys you play golf with, the women you play bunko with, the friends you vacation with—everyone giving one dollar for one person who cannot afford to eat, cannot afford a pair of glasses, cannot afford a winter coat, cannot afford school supplies, cannot afford their prescription medicine, cannot afford their electric bill.
And what about our bigger gatherings?
From basketball arenas to football stadiums. From U2 concerts to Wimbledon. From graduations to bingo halls. From dorms to barracks. From art festivals to marathons. . . .
What if every day, every week, every month, every year, everyone who could give a dollar gave a dollar?
–Jon Weece, Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does, page 111.
I’ll leave it to your prayerful imagination to decide how you could use this idea. Maybe God is calling you to start a Dollar Club. Or maybe you can be your own Dollar Club by putting a dollar in a jar every day, so it is ready to give when you see a need. That would be $365 a year. It’s better than nothing. See what you can do with a dollar to meet a need.
You can make change for a dollar.
Jesus Prom is available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle edition, Audible audiobook download, and Audiobook MP3 CD. It is also available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, audiobook CD, and MP3-CD.
|Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does
By Jon Weece / Thomas Nelson
Are you a wallflower—somebody who sits on the sidelines? Prepare to get out of your chair because Jesus has invited you to dance! Encouraging you to leave the passive behind, Weece helps you live out your faith by using the dynamic words Jesus did—“come,” “rest,” “learn,” “hear,” “give,” “go,” and “love”—and by putting them into action. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.
|Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does – eBook
By Jon Weece & Bob Goff / Thomas Nelson