Plastic Donuts and Transformational Giving

Several years ago, WGM adopted a philosophy of transformational giving, which means that both the giver and recipient are changed through the act of giving. Todd Eckhardt, vice president of Homeland Ministries, has been blogging about his own journey of understanding transformational giving (TG). In a recent blog post, he talked about the book Plastic Donuts and the posture of giving. 

An old hymn celebrates that when we turn our eyes upon Jesus, the things of this world grow ‘strangely dim’.  I often think of this line in times of trouble.  But reality is: this truth needs to be lived regularly not just in hard times.  Think how life on a daily basis changes for the believer when the day is spent looking up to Christ.

There is a small book on giving called Plastic Donuts.  Jeff Anderson is the author and he tells of the joy he and his toddler had one day when she gave him the plastic donuts from her play kitchen. Watching the joy she had as she looked in his face as she gave him these toys donuts changed his view on giving to God.  One quote from his book says,

“After the plastic donut encounter I had with my daughter, my views on giving changed. I saw more clearly why the joys of giving seem so elusive. It is hard to experience it without looking up to the Father. Often instead of looking up with my gift I was looking down.”

That’s when the word to the old hymn hit me.  Turn my eyes upon Jesus in all I do, and the things of this earth will dim. In other words LOOK UP into the Father’s face.

Read the rest of Todd’s post here. 


Ready to change the way you think about tithing and charitable giving? Click around other posts on Todd’s blog or read Plastic Donuts by Jeff Anderson.

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