My wife Chinee and I on our wedding
Hello, my name is Chuck, a
big baseball fan in Tennessee. I started collecting baseball
cards when I was in 3rd grade and my first pack was 1987 Topps
for 35 cents. I love math, so I got into card collecting at
first because I loved all the stats on the back of the cards.
After awhile, I came around to enjoy this sport called
'baseball' that all these baseball cards seem to be centered
school I discovered I enjoyed making money. So I opened up a
makeshift card shop on my front porch. We lived on a busy
street, so I was able to generate some business when I wasn't in
school. For college I went to a business school to pursue a
degree in Marketing in hopes I've running a lucrative business
one day. I wasn't sure what kind of business, maybe baseball
cards, maybe something else, I just knew I wanted to make a lot
of money. But later in college I started attending a
church and decided to follow Jesus. That was a game changer.
Over time Jesus changed my heart's desires. Today I still have a
strong desire to make money, but it's so I can GIVE it away
rather than keep it for myself. I long to give so I can help
others who are much less fortunate than I am. There is a good
chance when you buy something from my site that I will donate some of the money to an organization that fights sex
trafficking (International Justice
Mission) or feeds people that are literally starving to
death (World Vision
and Baptist Global Response).
But I don't want to mention all of this as a way to make you
"feel good" about buying from me, I would rather you experience
the joy of generosity yourself. Rather than buy sports cards
from me, I would love it if you used your money instead to visit
one of the web sites I've mentioned (or one you are more
familiar with), read their stories, and give toward a cause you
believe in. We in the United States are the richest nation in
human history, and I believe we have a responsibility to help
others who are less fortunate. In doing so, I
guarantee you will not regret it,
whether it's giving your money, time, or other resources.
Command those who are rich in
this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in
is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who
richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Command them to do good, to be
rich in good deeds, and
to be generous and willing to share.
In this way they will lay up
treasure for themselves as
a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold
life that is truly life.
- 1 Timothy 6:17-19 New
International Version (NIV)
There was a
time in my life I thought nothing would be better than making a
lot of money for myself. I could have stayed away from God for
fear He would have me give that up that desire. Instead He
modified that desire into something even better: Living to give
instead of living to get. If you are afraid to know God because
you're scared He may want you to give up something you enjoy I
promise you that whatever that desire is He will modify it or
swap it for something even better.
Any questions about sports cards or about getting to know Jesus I can be
reached via my landline phone at 423-531-8909 or at