" 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. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
" Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." (2 Cor. 9:8-13)
Generosity transforms lives--all the lives it touches. A simple gift in a generous spirit changes attitudes, restores dignity, sustains life. It is the one thing that still moves us in this world. The gift that is given without pomp or accolade for the sheer purpose of serving another--a God moment that the world cannot deny. It's transforming all right. People pause to consider a simple act of generosity.
Generosity heals hearts--hearts of givers. It does us good to give. It gives meaning to life when we offer what we have to another. It allows us to respond because we want to, not because we have to. It's healing--a moment that reflects the heart of Jesus, who chose to give himself.
Generosity inspires greatness--greatness of spirit! The generous moment a mentor gives to a child inspires greatness. The generous gift a donor gives inspires greatness in leaders who serve with no thought for themselves. The generous time offered by a volunteer inspires others to think beyond themselves. The generous thoughtfulness of someone who meets practical needs inspires others to see themselves as worthy of investment.
Your generosity transforms lives, heals hearts and inspires greatness every day as you touch people you've never met, and meet needs you've not known. Yet, you are known by the God who will "enrich you in every way so you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."
Shelley Lopez, Executive Director
Shelley has been a member of the Springfield community for 29 years. As she lives and works and worships in the city, she uses the metaphor of an old Victorian house restoration to keep her focused on the work she is called to do. Inspired by the words of the prophet Isaiah, she pours herself into "restoring old ruins, rebuilding and renovating, making the community livable again" (Is. 58:12 MSG)