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My First Parish Engages Generosity

Testimonial by:  Jeff McConnell

The dictionary defines generosity as a willingness to give or share; a quality of being unselfish.

The Bible is more definitive…  Psalm 112:5 :  “Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice”.

 1 Timothy 6:18 : “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”

 When we think of generosity, our thoughts automatically go to the gift of money, but there are numerous other gifts that have no monetary value - yet they are priceless!  For example, some people have the gift of time to give. Some have special talents and abilities to share. Others have the gift of a big heart, enabling them to give someone a second chance or to give someone the benefit of the doubt.  God gave each of us special gifts, and He asks that we share these gifts with others.  Giving in whatever way we can brings unmatched satisfaction and joy. It helps the giver, and it helps the receiver. 

At First Parish Church I have learned and experienced the true meaning of generosity.  I am impressed with the level of generosity demonstrated in this Church.  Volunteers happily serve in a multitude of ways, whether it is through serving at The Table of Plenty, offering to do Church building and maintenance work, sharing musical talents, mission trips, visitation, financial support, donating to the York Food Pantry, or serving on a Committee - to name a few. Another very  important gift this Church shares is the overwhelming amount of prayers, cards, meals and hugs extended to  those among us needing support during troubled times. This is generosity!  These are all beautiful examples of how God asks us to share our time, money and talents.  

We cannot travel this road called ‘life’ without His help and without each other. Being a generous Christian each and every day requires an open mind and a loving heart. When we are grateful for what we have, then generosity is not hard to achieve - it becomes a way of life. We can create a better life for ourselves and others through sharing our gifts and talents.  

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, generosity, and faithfulness.”

Galatians 5:22