1. Sometimes, to the World’s Eye, It Looks Like You’re Going Down.
Joseph was part of a big company and led their software testing practice. A few years ago, Joseph saw an opportunity—gaps that his current company could not fill. “That was divine wisdom to Joseph,” Betty says.
The family took a risk and started a new firm. “It all fell into place that we should do this, and do it together.” Betty laughs, “He’s the boss at work and I’m the boss at home.”
Betty calls starting a business “intense training.” Joseph says, “Soon we were deeply in debt and didn’t know the way out. We’d lost ninety-five percent of the company and one hundred percent of our personal savings. What we knew was that this was our training ground, our wilderness, the manna was there daily, nothing more and nothing less.”
“What we knew was that this was our training ground, our wilderness, the manna was there daily, nothing more and nothing less.”
“And it was then that we were invited to the JOG,” Joseph laughs. “It didn’t make sense at the time. We were hoping that someone would show generosity to us and not the other way around.”
Their firm, StrongBox, is now thriving. “We are in the green every month and we don’t have anyone doing sales!” Joseph smiles. “God just keeps sending us business,” says Betty, “and there has been no lack. It’s absolutely perfect.” Joseph is sure to add, “Because of the perfection, I can guarantee that it was not us; it was God Himself.”
“It was difficult then,” Betty says, “but the peace was always there. I’m so happy to be able to walk this path with Joseph.”
“Sometimes, to the world’s eye,” Joseph says, “it looks like you’re going down, but you know that you’re on the right path when the peace of God reigns supreme in your heart.”
“you know that you’re on the right path when the peace of God reigns supreme in your heart.”
“And there was joy abundant in the family,” Betty adds. “The children saw us go through difficult times. But I tell them, ‘Appa and Amma are going through something and need your support.’ I tell them to pray. As God comes through, that encourages our children.”
2. We’re All Just Here to Hand It Over to Someone Else.
Betty says, “Being generous has to do with your core nature—how you handle everything God has given you.
“We know that God is a generous God and it’s all God’s,” says Joseph, “And we’re all just here to hand it over to someone else.”
Betty and Joseph think broadly about generosity. The JOG has changed how they view parenting and running their business.
“When you’re your own boss, you have to remember that you’re still accountable to someone else,” says Joseph. “That helps you treat everything with utmost care. You’re not really the boss.”
“Even our children are not ours,” Betty says, “God’s given us the responsibility of raising three girls for His Kingdom. We’re here just to introduce them to their Father. When my daughters meet Him, they should not be surprised by Him; because of our lives, they should understand what their heavenly Father is like.”
3. Generosity Is a Message of Liberation.
“You have these talents and the master has given it to you,” Joseph says. “Don’t hide it under the carpet. Will He say ‘well done’ or will He be mad at me? There’s nothing called ownership.”
“The world is going to keep saying, before you give, you need this amount of capacity,” says Betty, “but I believe God just needs you to be available.”
“but I believe God just needs you to be available.”
“All I have is God’s so that’s who I am going to be accountable to,” says Joseph. “And that’s one person I can never bluff! I cannot give him false accounts. Like, ‘No, I really needed that car that day.’”
“Generosity is a message of liberation,” says Joseph. “Everyone I invite to a JOG leaves liberated. Greed stops you from living the life that God has designed for you.”
“Enjoy the rest that he has promised,” says Betty.