Take Hold of the Life That Really is Life

by Marc Fanson, Canvass Co-Chair

As I was sitting in church last Sunday waiting for some divine guidance for this month's stewardship message, the word of the Epistle from 1 Timothy 6 were read and struck a responsive chord in my mind. The scripture reading ended with these verses:

"As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life."

As I reflected on this passage, it struck me as a poignant spiritual stewardship message. Don't set your hope on the uncertainty of money. Set your hope on God who provides us with riches. Isn't this so true! God provides us with great riches, "with everything for our enjoyment" but we do get haughty and put our hopes on riches.

With fall comes the REALITY that it is time to plan for this parish's financial future, to provide for our worship, fellowship, education, outreach and COMMUNITY. Our 300 pledging units comprise the vast majority of funds that pay our clergy and staff, keep our physical plant maintained, help our community, diocese and those in need, and fund our ministries from youth to seniors. It is vital to our common life to be sure that our bills are paid, our community expanded and our parish vibrant.

Timothy's passage asks us to do just this. We are to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share. This of course speaks to the SPIRITUALITY of stewardship, a journey that takes us from thankfulness to response and commitment by giving back a share of what God has blessed us with.

Take to heart Timothy's message as you contemplate your stewardship and your pledge for 2017, remembering in his words that in your generosity and sharing you are storing up the treasure of a good foundation for the future and more importantly, taking hold of the life that really is life.

We do need to fund our parish's operations --that is REALITY. We do need to strengthen and preserve our wonderful COMMUNITY. And faithful stewardship is the SPIRITUALITY of giving for others and giving to yourself "the life that really is life."