Generosity: It’s in Your DNA
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Oh happy day of turkey, sweet and mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts (which used to gag me as a kid but now I can’t get enough of them), and pies. Lots and lots of pies. And let’s not forget everyone around the table…people who because we love them so much, sometimes cause us pain – and yet we still find, with God’s help, a way to love. Thanksgiving is a gift all in itself.
But that is tomorrow. Today, I want to share the gift of Katherine with you. Because of encountering her through this short video I have learned much about audacious generosity and audacious giving and really, the audacious incarnation of Christ that dwells in so many people in this sometimes dark world.
At the end of the video Katherine says, “We have the DNA of Jesus Christ of giving.” I never thought of it that way – us, mere mortals, having the DNA of Jesus Christ. What an awesome gift – one that needs to be shared with a world that needs all the love it can get. So here are your marching orders for Thanksgiving and as we head into Advent: Go out and be the audaciously generous people God has called you to be. It’s in your DNA.
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 nearly $2 million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. She served as the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. 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.