Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
We have now been at Custer Road for a little more than twenty one years. Our kids were baptized here, confirmed here and raised here. We’ve moved a couple of times along the way. The kids have changed schools. But Custer Road has been a constant every step of the way. It has given them each an opportunity to shine in their own way and find kids who challenge them and comfort them through all they encounter. And, as a couple Shelley and I have become close to some incredible people who have helped us understand what it’s like to be and deal with the challenges of being a Christ-centered family. As a family we have celebrated so many joyous occasions there, and come together to get through some very difficult times. And, as our kids grow up and become more independent, I am so thankful that the greatest memories of their childhood took place alongside their brothers and sisters in Christ that they met at Custer Road. When they come home from college, it’s going to church to re-connect that is the highlight of their trips. God, through our family at Custer Road, has been so generous with His Love in shaping who our family is today.
Yet for some reason, despite the incredible impact He has made on us, the choices we make around giving remain hard. We challenge each other every year on how we can give more. Some years we have done so with our pledges. In other years, we have done so in more incremental decisions. But, no matter how hard those choices have been, it has ALWAYS felt good to give once we make our decision. It brings a warmth inside that provides evidence that the Holy Spirit is with us as we give, reinforcing Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians.
With the opportunity to lead the Generous Love, Generous Living campaign, I have had the chance to look back on the Generosity and Love we as a family have received from God through our time at Custer Road. I hope the campaign has prompted all members of our congregation to take the same time to reflect on God’s generosity in their lives and the love that He has shown to Custer Road. I am blessed to have been able to serve to gain a deeper understanding of how so many feel that love every day.
Lord, Bless all that enter Custer Road United Methodist Church. Allow each to have a Generous Life full of Generous Love for You. Amen.
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