What Is Behind That Smile?

I love being around generous people, and especially the generous people here at First Church. I am talking about many of YOU!

I greatly appreciate how your gifts are making such a difference in the name of Jesus Christ. Your kindness plays a significant role in First Church’s ability to act on The Great Commission. Thanks to your generosity, First Church is indeed taking to heart the directive:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
— Matthew 28:19-20

Thank you!

I also find it interesting as to the commonalities of many of our First Church’s givers. Their generosity is not based on how much money the person has or gives. Their generosity is a reflection of how they feel about God and the world that He created. First Church becomes a conduit for reflecting their love.

Generous people approach their church giving as the ultimate way to honor and thank God for all that they have — their life, their family, their friends, their church, their well-being and even their difficulties.

Generous people give as part of their personal Healthy Plate Discipleship practice which aligns their faith more closely to Jesus Christ.

Generous people acknowledge that all that they have has come to them because of God’s love for them.

Generous people put God first and simply ask that God’s will be done in their life. (They are not asking for big paychecks or big houses or big airplanes.)

Generous people know that God provides all they need. He is not going to micro-manage their lifestyle; nor is there the expectation that they must live a monastic life.

Generous people know that God wants them to enjoy life and the amenities of life as long as such things don’t distract them.

Generous people are intentional and joyfully aware in their giving. Instead of giving out of guilt or fear or obligation, they give out of love.

Generous people have a shift in their priorities. Time and time again, I have heard members say that once they decided to step up their giving or decided to practice tithing, they were prepared to modify their personal expenses. In almost every situation, they found that when they adjusted their spending practices so to give more sacrificially, they actually found they did not want for anything. In fact, they found themselves experiencing a more abundant, more fulfilling and more Christ-focused life!

Generous people are also easy to identify. They are walking around with a smiling face, an enlightened heart, a peaceful nature, and radiating with love for ALL. Talk about showing genuine faith!

The beauty of being a person known for their generosity is that this is an attribute that all of us can aspire to and can attain. It is a game changer for you as a person and for First Church as we minister to all who enter our doors.


Nancy Fisher
Director of Stewardship


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