Generous living is not just about giving money, or even just about giving. It has to do with the whole of who we are and how we care for our neighbors (see Mark 12:28-31). Each of us brings our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Old Testament word for "heart" is literally the leaning or thrust of our lives. We might call it our lifestyle or nonverbal witness. In other words, it is how we steward 100 percent of our lives, not just the "religious" sector or the percentage we give away. One of God’s special gifts to human beings is the invitation to share in God’s own life and mission by being a steward.
Perhaps another word for stewardship is love — God’s love working upon and through us. It would be wonderful if we could personally reach out and share God’s love with everyone but we know that’s impossible. So we gather regularly at church and through Beverly’s ministries we can reach out together. Through our Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness, each person truly makes a difference.