At the beginning of a new year, thoughts often turn toward resolutions, fresh starts, and new commitments. Many of us vow year-after-year to lose weight, stop smoking, or change other behaviors. But discipline is hard.
Sadly, studies show most New Year’s resolutions are broken in about 21 days – only about one third of the time (66 days) it takes to establish a new pattern. And Lent is just around the corner too. So why not make a resolution you can actually keep! We can help.
Become a “First Fruits” Giver.
Find your church or ministry on the Moravian Giving Portal and schedule a MONTHLY gift the day after your payday. This way your gift is automatic. It’s the first thing you do with your money. You won’t have to remember it. It will happen if you are traveling, sick, or playing hooky from church. If your circumstances change, you can always go in and change the amount of your monthly gift, or the date. Have questions about the Giving Portal? Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions.
Invest in the church.
If you have investments, you’re probably paying investment fees. But what happens to those fees? When you invest in the Moravian Common Fund, managed by the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America, the fees remain in the Moravian Church and continue to do God’s work. Those fees enable us provide Stewardship Services at no charge to congregations, distribute money globally to support mission work, issue grants and more. Your investment fees continue to do God’s work when they remain in the church. By spending a few minutes to move your investments from secular managers to MMFA, your investment fees will keep your resolution to support God’s work all year.
Name your church or Moravian Ministry in your estate plan.
The beginning of a new year is a great time create or reassess your estate planning documents. Everyone has an estate, regardless of whether you just own your clothes and a box to put them in, or if you own thousands of clothing stores or the box factory. If you don’t have a will, a healthcare power of attorney, or a durable power of attorney, let 2020 be the year you create one. We can help you organize your thoughts, clarify your passions, and use the tools of philanthropy to make your perfect planned gift. If you already have planning documents, the beginning of a new decade is a great time to reassess whether it reflects your current priorities and wishes. The laws change and you have to change your plans to adapt. Look for a future blog on the changes to retirement, based on the new SECURE portion of the budget bill just signed into law on December 20, 2019.
So, say “yes” to a resolution that will last longer than 21 days, take only a few minutes to complete, and you won’t forget.
Fun Fact: the word “discipline” and “disciple” have the same Latin root word, “discipulus.”