- Written by Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor Jason Jones, Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor
- Created: 25 June 2019 25 June 2019
The One God of the Bible reveals Himself in three persons. A triangle of characteristics reveals the mysteries of creation, redemption and sanctification for a full life. Here we see perfect power matched with love and comfort that is beyond reason, yet true.
Life involves many triangles. A three-legged stool balances anything set upon it. Ancient cultures built sacred buildings with triangular forms. Our democratic constitutional government was built on the balance of three branches of authority; executive, legislative and judicial.
Emotional triangles govern relationships more than many recognize. For example, in emotional triangles, when any two parts of an emotional system become uncomfortable with another, they will “triangle in” or focus upon a third person, or issue, as a way of stabilizing their own relationship with each other. Any unresolved relationships will often be played out in another relationship.
This is often a playground for Satan, but it also can be a way for the Body of Christ in the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit to provide balm that heals and binds what is broken.
Emotionally, we can only change a relationship to which we belong requiring a third person to maintain a well-defined relationship with each, while averting the responsibility for their relationship with one another. This tenant is also true for tasks that allow stewards to faithfully manage many gifts provided by God.
Many people fail to protect life’s risks or to see the opportunity costs of decisions. Insurance can be an effective way to manage financial risks of loss, but the costs of relationship risks, or the opportunity cost of our decisions often remain unmanaged for many.
The LCMS Foundation helps people develop A “Lifetime Plan for Giving” with a clear Statement of Faith, and discussion leading toward preparedness to have attorneys draft a Last Will and Testament, a Revocable Trust, plus Durable Powers of Attorney for Financial and Health Care. These can provide protection for loved ones letting them know you want them to flourish even when you’re not here to help. As life swirls around us, a ‘Lifetime Plan for Giving’ can serve as a helpful triangle to allow our earthly management to remain more objective even about intense situations, protecting our position in helping. It’s a way to be thoughtful and giving, as our God has created us to be.