Have you ever thought of the science of generosity? At the University of Notre Dame there is a group of scholars who are studying philanthropy, volunteerism, and altruism! This initiative is finding that the most generous among us report the most robust lives: they are healthier and happier and at peace.
St. Paul has encouragement for us when it comes to giving.
“See that you excel in the grace of giving.”
2 Cor. 8:17
He was talking to friends at Corinth nearly 2,000 years ago, but the truth resonates for us today. Spiritual vitality flourishes when we extend grace to others. What sort of sacrifices do you make as a way of blessing your family? Your community? Your church?
As a target for your own budgeting, I want you to know the average gift to a church in our denomination in 2016 was $2,726. That figure has gone up about $100/year over the last three years. When you look back on your giving, have you excelled in the grace of giving?
During November I would ask you to pray about all of your blessings and fill in the Estimate of Giving form. (There will also be paper forms available in the narthex all Sundays in November.)
Why do I want you to fill in a form? This allows you to make a thankful commitment that will stretch you in 2018. I find that those who make the effort to discern and plan for a significant gift, are blessed to see God at work in their lives.
One last thought about giving:
Would you consider making your gift on a regular basis directly through your bank? An Automatic Bank Draft (ABD) becomes a powerful expression of the science of generosity!
Please remember what Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”