With the very best of intentions, it's easy for some to come to this premature conclusion "I'll just start a non-profit."
And, as noble and as "Christian" as that might sound, it may just be a misdirected step on the pathway toward creating a life that matters.
Before we get into the discussion, let me enthusiastically say "Thank God for charities and organizations that pledge themselves to serve the greater good." The charitable outreach of this country stretches farther out and deeper down than most other countries.
However, is there another way to contribute, add value and make a difference in a way that will not only feed your soul, but also feed your family?
In a word - "absolutely". In two words - "business enterprise".
The reason I bring this up is because Sunday at church, Pei and I sat next to a delightful family that shared with us the progress of their journey into the world of non-profit.
As the wife shared with us her excitement about her charity (administratively) coming together, the husband told the story of him forging his way through a thirty-page document and bringing together requested supporting information and documentation.
Once it's approved (at the state level), the two then get to apply to the feds.
When I think about waiting periods and approval processes that drag on endlessly, I often think about the time that's been missed and how far along (had they gone a different route) they would be in their business and financial interests.
When it's all said and done and they are finally blessed by the government, (still not yet able to focus solely on what they created the non-profit for) they then get to think about ways to generate an income.
Today's reflection is three-fold: