Spiritual P90X: Maximizing the Impact of Your Giving

What is P90x? P90X. If you have a television, you’ve most likely seen an infomercial featuring Tony Horton, creator of the system, with testimonies from individuals who claim to have lost weight and improved strength. P90X was released in 2004, and by the end of 2010, more than three million copies had been sold worldwide. Designed for individuals who already have some level of fitness, the goal of the system is to develop an extreme workout program that takes you to the “next level.” Prior to releasing the system, Horton spent two years interviewing top fitness experts, and experimenting with various disciplines to accomplish this goal. The result was a trademarked concept called Muscle Confusion™. Why Muscle Confusion™? Imagine for a moment that you have not exercised for a while, or have no planned fitness routine. If you started exercising on a regular basis, you would quickly notice gains in strength or weight loss. This would, of course, motivate you to continue…until your body plateaued and you stopped seeing improvements. Horton claims our body hits a plateau over time because it automatically adapts to the same muscle movements and routines. Once we hit this plateau, we don’t see the same changes, and can even realize diminishing results. The concept of Muscle Confusion™ is carried out in the P90X workout by constantly introducing new moves and routines that challenge your body and result in greater gains and weight loss. How Does this Apply to Giving? Over time, I’ve discovered that many principles that apply to the physical realm also apply to the spiritual realm. Much like our physical bodies, our faith also needs to be exercised and challenged. Think about your giving patterns for a moment. Have you ever stopped giving for a season? Did you notice how hard it was to get started again, much like exercise? Then, once you started again, did you feel a greater sense of purpose, and even noticed a sudden positive transformation in your life, and in the lives of the recipients? How about plateaus? Have you ever hit a plateau in your giving? Once you hit that plateau, did you begin to notice an absence of personal spiritual transformation, or possibly diminished growth and impact to the recipient? Applying the P90X’s concept of Muscle Confusion™, and if we are intentional about our spiritual growth, we can practice giving confusion that will result in greater Kingdom gains. If we look for opportunities to change our giving routines, and continue to stretch and push ourselves spiritually, we can prevent giving plateaus, and maximize the result of our generosity. Practice Giving Confusion and Maximize the Impact of Your Generosity Here are some suggested ideas to exercise and challenge your faith in regards to giving: 1. Establish a Matching Fund Most gifts to churches or ministries come in the form of cash from individuals. Often, our routine is to mail or electronically disburse a special or monthly gift o the ministry without any thought of multiplying it. I recommend contacting the church or inistry before sending in a gift. Ask if they would be willing to set up a matching fund using your intended pledge. This would allow them to communicate the opportunity to their constituents and ncourage further generosity. Your gift of $100 could become $200; $500 could result in $1000, etc. Personally, I’ve never seen a matching pledge that wasn’t realized. 2. Corporate Matching Gifts Many employers offer a matching gift program that will match any charitable contribution made by an employee to a qualified 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt organization. Contact someone in your human resources department, or corporate leadership to find out if such a program exists. If so, typically it’s a fairly simple form to fill out to activate the matching funds for a special, monthly, or quarterly gift. 3. Give AND Volunteer Many churches and ministries are in need of your time, talent, and treasure. While a financial gift is great, it’s even more effective if you can offer your time and talents to serve at the ministry you are supporting financially. You can serve once a month, even weekly, accomplishing set tasks or ministry projects that match your time, availability, and talents. Regardless of how you serve, your presence and gift of service will maximize your giving. 4. Donate a Non-Cash Asset to a Church or Ministry to Auction You can donate a week at a timeshare, a painting, memorabilia, an antique, an automobile, or other items that could be auctioned off for up to five times the amount you paid for the gift. There’s something about the competitive environment of an auction for a good cause that creates momentum for maximized giving. 5. Give the Gift of Generosity You can purchase a Good Card for any amount through Network for Good, and give it as a birthday or Christmas gift to family and friends. You pre-load the amount with a stored dollar value, and the recipient can redeem the Good Card by picking a ministry or charity as the recipient. You can use this as a chance to introduce a couple of great ministries. This is a great opportunity to infect others with the joy of giving. These are just a few intentional ways to change your giving routines, to continue to challenge yourself spiritually, to avoid spiritual plateaus, and to maximize the impact of your generosity. As a body of Christ we are called to, “Spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). What are some ways you maximized your giving for Kingdom impact? This guest post is part of the  CPF Writer Auditions . Chris McDaniel is the Chief Business Development Officer for DELTA Ministries International (DELTA)  and author of Igniting a Life of Generosity . Related Articles: Are You a Stagnant Pond or Flowing Stream? Faith and Giving | Lessons from C.S. Lewis Budgeting for giving Money Mind Tricks: Ways to Save Money and Control Spending An argument for giving gift cards 5 Common Reasons Why Christians Give Do you reuse gift bags? Bob enjoys dark chocolate, paying off debt, giving, Foosball, loose-leaf tea, helping people succeed, learning, anything God created, playing guitar, doing things the “long” way, Philippians, excellence, Chick-Fil-A, and making his wife smile. He started ChristianPF in 2007 and Co-Founded Blogging Your Passion in 2011. Find him on Facebook & Twitter . The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. 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