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New Generosity: Financial Butterflies!

Reading time: two minutes. Our “new beginnings series” around the Wellness Wheel wraps up this week.  Christ makes all things new, and wellness is the healing touch of his grace penetrating and transforming each aspect of our lives.  What’s broken by sin, Jesus restores by grace.  Everything is broken, but thanks be to God, the grace of Christ reaches far and deep. January is a great time to consider our generosity as a witness to the Lord’s goodness to us.  For all he’s done, we can only respond with gratitude.  Gratitude is expressed in many ways, not the least of which is our generosity toward others. Here are a couple thoughts on a tiny step forward in thankfulness as we invite the grace of Jesus to transform our financial wellbeing. The widow in the temple reminds us that generosity is not measured by volume, but by an attitude of trust and faithfulness.  Many of us preached that in recent months and I expect have led the way through commitments to the Lord’s kingdom work. As Christ makes all things new, how about living out your butterfly/transformed life by support of a ministry, a kingdom endeavor of some sort, that you have not previously supported? If you’re like me, you inbox and your mailbox were flooded with appeals in recent months.  We sort through the requests and have our favorites that we traditionally support.  We’ve decided to join in with one or maybe two new ministries this year. The decision process is the fun part.  I’ve been searching my heart to find the one I’ll support out of God-given passion.  I’ve been asking, “Which ministry appeal keeps coming back to mind?  What does that tell me about my heart, and the heart of Christ living in me?  Which ministry endeavor brings a little tear to my eye, or surfaces in my heart when I pray, ‘Thy kingdom come’?” I know that our ministry, like so many others, is increasingly dependent on the small gifts that come month by month through our Partners in Joy giving program.  We want to be that kind of a blessing to other ministries we care about, too. So we’re picking something brand new that we haven’t supported before, in thankfulness for the Lord’s work of renewal and new beginnings, this New Year and every day in it. God bless your faithfulness and generosity.  You’re making a big difference.  Thanks for reading. A Congregational Wellness Weekend is designed to help create a ministry environment at your church or school where professional church workers can thrive and serve joyfully in their calling at top capacity. Let’s start the conversation today! Find more information on our website or contact Program Director Darrell Zimmerman to learn more.