“I’ll go see what I can do.” That was the whispered unprompted response from the counselor responding to a need from one of his campers. Each camper wove a basket, but this camper struggled – and when I asked if he had finished he told me it didn’t work out and he had thrown it away. He tried to be nonchalant, but I could tell it bothered him.
This is the time of year we are accustomed to having a stewardship focus. Sometimes it’s been an all out multi-week campaign and other years a mailing and one Sunday set-aside when estimate of giving cards are encouraged to be presented in worship. We shifted to April for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that it breaks up the fall at a time when churches are often having new guests in worship.
Since this is the first fall since the change was made I want our members and constituents to be reminded of our focus six months ago. We won’t have a full Sunday dedicated to stewardship. Instead, we’ll revisit the main message from Tom Berlin’s book and study “Defying Gravity.”
When the campers collected their baskets at the end of the week off the shelf, the counselor said to his camper – “where’s your basket?” the camper replied, “I don’t have one, it didn’t work out and I threw it away.” After everyone else had gotten theirs; his counselor said, “Are you sure? I think there’s another one up on the shelf.” The camper looked, pulled down a completed basket with his name in his writing on the bottom.” He was overwhelmed with gratitude. It was a moment all involved will not soon forget.
Such a simple thing. A generous act of kindness. We never know the lasting impact of our giving. It’s what Tom Berlin calls “gravity defying generosity.” It means breaking free from the notion of scarcity and embracing the abundance that God has to offer. It can happen in many ways, but it begins by practicing it in smalls ways every day. It is sustained when reluctance is replaced with a commitment to on-going generosity.
Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. – 1 Timothy 6:18
peace & blessings,