“Since you excel in so many ways-in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us-I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7 NLT
When I was a youth worker, I remember taking youth to Sr. Hi Convo at the Marriott in Middleton. That hotel had glass elevators. The youth thought it was great fun to jump up, as the elevator descended. It was an attempt to defy gravity…which did not really work because escaping gravity is not easy. Gravity is a consistent and unfailing force in our lives.
Gravity is essential to life on earth, but too much gravity would crush us. Our Great Creator God has set just the right amount of gravity into play so that we can flourish on planet earth. There is another kind of gravity that exists in our culture…it’s “financial gravity.” Financial gravity is generated by the culture and economy in which we live, and like Earth’s gravity, it is necessary for our existence. Problems with financial gravity arise when that force is felt with such intensity that it begins to control us.
Many of us want to experience the significance of blessing others, but feel trapped by past decisions and misled by a society that bombards us with messages of having more and having better. (Tom Berlin in Defying Gravity).
The good news is that Jesus offers us a way to “defy gravity” and break free from the culture of “more.” How does financial gravity affect our lives and our ability to live generously? This September we are going to experience a stewardship program called “Defying Gravity”, based on a book by Tom Berlin. Over a four week period we’ll examine the generous life–what it is and why it can be hard to experience.
The series will begin on September 10th. Wouldn’t it be great to experience the joy of generosity in our lives! You won’t want to miss a single Sunday of “Defying Gravity” so plan to be in worship at Antigo United Methodist Church each Sunday morning September 10 to October 1 at 10:00 a.m.
See you in worship!
Grace and Peace,