How to Become Brave, One Toe at a Time
Seth Godin is a prolific and an influential writer. He puts out lots of books and publishes a blog every day. Most days I click “delete” just as soon as I skim his article (which, of course, I know that you never do with Inspiring Generosity. I am confident that you commit every article to memory. Thank you.). Today, however, Seth’s blog hit the nail on the head. Bang! It’s short and sweet – so here is:
Taking the plunge
It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all.
Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
Maybe you, dear clergy person or wonderful layperson, have been afraid because “taking the plunge” is just too hard – that’s OK. Start wading. Now. On all sorts of things that scare you. But, for these purposes:
- Dip your toe as you say something in a sermon about money and what relationship it has to faith.
- Write a letter letting people know that you too struggle with money – but you’re willing to live with the struggle because you know that money used wisely and given in faith can transform lives and communities.
- Have one conversation next week about money with a parishioner you know and respect. Ask that person, “What do you think motivates people to give?”
That’s wading. Going a little bit out of your comfort zone until you’re ready to say – “Bring it on. Let’s dive right in.” Let me know if you get wet.
Here’s little something extra for your viewing pleasure. It’s a pretty funny, pretty pointed Saturday Night Live “39 Cents” commercial spoofing how we promote giving in impoverished countries.
Cesie Delve Scheuermann is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past decade, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over $2 million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She served as the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Although she is making progress, she definitely belongs to the "Big Toe" school of courage. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.