The Agony of Budgets

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In the next two weeks, I will be completely immersed in CRM’s budget process for 2007. For me, this is a both a positive and very negative experience.

It’s positive because it gives us an opportunity to put our resources where our priorities are. As Jim Wallis writes in God’s Politics:

“Budgets are moral documents. They clearly reveal the priorities of a family, a church, an organization, a city or a nation. A budget shows what we most care about and how that compares to others things we care about.”

The negative aspect of these deliberations deals with the excruciating decisions that invariably must be made when we have only a dollar to meet two dollars worth of need. Sometimes I feel like I am being forced to choose between cutting off my right arm or hacking off my left. Making choices among competing needs is incredibly difficult, particularly when I know the ramifications on the ground where people live and serve with us around the world.

God, give us the grace and wisdom of Solomon in these several days. And I wouldn’t mind a little of his physical resources to ease the difficulty of painful choices.

“God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It (Plus)” (Jim Wallis)

2 Responses to “The Agony of Budgets”

  1. David Lippert Says:


    Thanks for leading CRM in taking the time to actually make specific decisions as this moral document comes into focus. All too often there is no contemplation of right vs. left arm and by the time the alarms sound both limbs are lost. I look forward to how God will continue to use CRM, you and the staff as proper care is given to the resources God entrusts us with.

  2. Sam Says:

    Hey David …thanks for the affirmation and thanks greatly for the role you contribute as part of the CRM Board in helping us navigate through such processes. We value much your expertise and professionalism regarding the management of money and partiuclarly appreciate how you combine it with spiritual sensitivity and vision. I’m grateful for you!

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