"Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap."
"Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap."Retired Baton Rouge dentist Arthur Moles is living proof of this Galatians Scripture.
The good life he is reaping now is a result of the sowing of his younger days. But he's not finished sowing good seeds. Several years ago, Dr. Moles established a charitable gift annuity with the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana that will provide him an 8.9% rate of pay for the rest of his life.
"I already had the church in my will, but I found out that with a charitable gift annuity, I can make a larger gift to the church than I ever thought possible and earn some money in the meantime," he said. "CD's are terrible, so I cashed mine in and made this gift."
Dr. Moles grew up in Baton Rouge attending First UMC in the 1920's and 30's. In the early 1940's, his parents were instrumental in organizing University UMC near the campus of LSU.
"I've always felt close to church, even as a child," he said. "My whole family was involved in the church, and it has been a part of my life from the very beginning."
Although he didn't officially join University until the late 1950's, you could say he is a charter member. A three-year tour as an Army medic in World War II and four years of dental school in New Orleans took Dr. Moles away from Baton Rouge. He returned in 1957 with a wife and family and began a 43-year dental practice.
These days, reaping means attending Kiwanis Club meetings, Bible study and weekly coffee outings with his Sunday School class, or working at HOPE Ministries. His children and grandchildren visit him often.
He's living the good life and enjoys the leisurely pace. "I even have time to take a nap after lunch. In fact, I make sure I take a nap," he says with a smile.
His charitable gift annuity is providing him with quarterly payments for the rest of his life, a part of which is tax-free, and he will receive a tax deduction this year. Best of all, he will continue to support the church that supported him throughout his lifetime. With this gift, he is sowing seeds for future generations of the church to reap.