I am the Director of Development for Central Dallas Ministries. In some ways, my job is to raise funds for my organization’s efforts to end hunger in our community. In that role, I’ve had the privilege of seeing my organization’s revenues nearly double over the past three years.
Yet this is no achievement.
This is a testament to our failure as a community. Why should the area’s largest food pantry continue to grow each year for more than two decades? Why should neighbor after neighbor need to stand in line to receive food from our resource center? Why, above all, are there more churches in my community than homeless people – and yet so many of my friends continue to have no home? Night after night, they fight for sleep as a brief respite from the reminder that their situation could be solved if only each church in our town would take one of them into their care as did the Samaritan who did not even know of the glory that is our Jesus.
I will confess, I have occasionally left my office in tears because of our “success.”
Jeremy and I are talking about Wealth in Families by Charles Collier and how it might be used to convene a discussion group among our wealthy neighbors about what it means to have a happy, blessed, fortunate, virtuous, or successful life, here in Dallas.