Jun 092019

A few bits of housekeeping.

I enjoyed what Nick Russell from Christ Church shared last week.  We are fortunate to have Nick as a chaplain and I commend him to you.  Support him any way you can.

Kieran is the Vicar of Rottnest this weekend, so trust he is enjoying our first winter squall out there with the family.

I will be in Melbourne next week catching up with my mum.  Things have changed considerably for her.  She has become much less motivated and has taken to her bed, which she has every right to do at nearly 92.  Elle is coming down from Canberra to meet us and we will just spend some time together.

Thanks to Andrew Howe for keeping the finance updates coming.  We want you to be fully informed as the AMEP [AGM] draws near. Please speak with Andries or Andy if you have any questions about church finances.  We are happy to open the books to you.  And keep chatting about How to be Rich.

Finally, I was struck by an article in ‘The West’ last week about the recently-divorced MacKenzie Bezos.  She is the third-wealthiest woman in the world thanks to her partnership with her now ex-husband Steve.  Together they started Amazon.com.

Now let’s not cry for Mrs Bezos as she ponders what to do with her $56.3 billion settlement from the divorce.  However, she had some interesting things to say, all the same.

Mrs Bezos has signed up to a global philanthropy initiative called The Giving Pledge.  [I believe our own Andrew and Nicola Forrest are part of a similar project.]

The article in The West stated, “In a letter on The Giving Pledge website announcing her decision, mother-of-four Mrs Bezos said she had a ‘disproportionate amount’ of cash to share.”

It went on to say, “Mrs Bezos , a novelist, added that ‘something greater rises up every time we give’.  She said that, as the years go by, the value of giving ‘keeps multiplying and spreading in ways we may never know.’ She wrote: ‘We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand.  In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.’”

Until the safe is empty!  Wow!  Now that would be a challenge – to work tirelessly at redistributing nearly $57 billion.  But I found that strangely encouraging.  Good on you MacKenzie.  I pray she finds truly life-giving, effective and responsible ways to bring the most good to the least fortunate, and that she finds the One who “having all things” also “gave all things” for the sake of all people, even Jesus.

Let’s offer a prayer for MacKenzie.  As Willy Wonka said, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, when Charlie returned to him what might have brought Charlie great advantage, “So shines a good deed in a weary world.”



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