October 13, 2015
Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” (Mark 4:35)
When I have contemplated my charitable giving in the past, initially I experienced some fear. This is because I know my control or influence over how my money is spent is limited. But after I give, I am pleasantly surprised by the freedom from money and the need to accumulate that I experience. It’s transformative. Yet, when it is time to give again, I slip into old ways of thinking and the cycle of anxiety, followed by satisfaction, repeats.
Jesus’ imperative to get to the other side is for me to get closer to the destination where every aspect of my giving — time, treasure and talent — is for Christ. I do not believe I will get to 100% in my lifetime. I do believe I can journey toward that distant shore, and find ways to give more. It is a long, hard journey, one I cannot make alone. Being in the boat with all of you provides the strength, courage and compassion I need in my path to discipleship. Without you, I could not envision stretching my faith. I’m excited about how God has equipped our vessel for the next phase of our congregational life together.
Grab on oar and come along! We will break bread many times on the journey. —Don Castle