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Adventure: The 1.5 Million Dollar Lost Gift

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On an adventure, things don’t always go as planned, but that is the point where the adventure begins… When the donor called to tell me that he was cutting us off from his $1.5 million gift, it first felt like I was falling off the edge of a cliff.  But, as the dust settled over the next few weeks, it was more like being one of those guys who parachute off of mountaintops – and safely land with a rush of adrenaline. He “expressed” himself all over the phone.  I decided to simply take my beating.  I fought the urge to correct him, to tell him what I knew, and to fix the situation from my perspective.  But, it wasn’t an issue with my perspective.  In fact, it was all about his perspective – you and I both know that.  This was a monumental, Mt. Everest-sized issue to him. As my ear burned, I kept listening.  Have you ever been right and wondered why others didn’t “get” it?  This incident was all about a misunderstanding regarding suggestions as to how to handle a planne ...

Comments
  1. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  2. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  3. Re: Secret Weapon of Relayed Information

    Great reminder, David.

    -- Ben

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For more than twenty years, I’ve enjoyed building value and increasing results for the organizations I’ve worked with. I am grateful for the leaders and mentors who have invested in me professionally and personally and in the same way, I am honored to encourage others. I admire the ministries we serve and I love helping to fuel their mission to build and care for God’s Kingdom.

I see life as an adventure—family life with my wife and three kids, enjoying God’s creation in the great outdoors, learning something new, or just about anything. I believe that sharing that enthusiasm adds to the success—and fun—in whatever you do.

My hope is that you will find these Adventures in Giving both practical and supportive and that they will help you recognize your own journey as an adventure.

I appreciate your comments and I wish you the best in all you do!

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