He Keeps On Working So He Can Keep on Giving!
by Ken Gardner

Mat Dawson, of Detroit, Michigan, is 78 years old and is still working. He drives a forklift for the Ford Motor Company, where he's been employed for 59 years. He makes about $23 an hour, works 12-hour days, doesn't take vacations, puts in as much overtime as possible, and brings in about $100,000 a year. However, he doesn't seem to need or want a lot of money. "A big house, a big car, that doesn't excite me," he says. He drives an '85 Escort and lives in a one-bedroom apartment by himself. He could have easily retired years ago, but he keeps on working. Why? Is it because he just doesn't have anything else to do? Is he "addicted" to work? Does he have some kind of "complex"? Does he work to get his mind off of his problems? Is he trying to pay off some huge debt? What?

The fact of the matter is, Mr. Dawson works to make money so he can give the money away. Believe it or not, Mr. Dawson has given away over $1 million to schools and charities in the last five years. "I get joy, happiness out of this," he recently told news reporters. "I can go home and sleep good."

I'm sure most people think Mr. Dawson is an unusual person, but when you stop to think about it, all Christians should be like this blue-collar worker, at least to some extent. It's true we work to provide for our families, as we're instructed in I Timothy 5:8 and elsewhere, but we also work to make money so we can give the money away. Many passages teach us to be generous, and a few tell us we should work so that we can be generous. Paul plainly says we should work so we can give to those in need (Ephesians 4:28). The apostle also said that it is by "laboring" that we are to "support the weak" (Acts 20:35). Paul explained that he himself worked so that he would not be "chargeable" to others (I Thessalonians 2:9; II Thessalonians 3:8). Furthermore, we are to work so that we can "walk honestly toward those who are without" (I Thessalonians 4:12). Yes, indeed, we work to get money so we can give it away!