It is the Fund Raising Season! I went to three last weekend and two the week before including one of my own - the Cocke County Education Foundation "Celebrating Our Success Banquet" that was very successful! And fundraisers during the political season are usually very successful! Most fundraisers involve food of some kind - dinners, bake sales, or banquets - all kinds of things. My favorite fundraiser took place when I was in rural KY and a bunch of us were rebuilding a ballpark and needed some funds. We had a Cow Patty contest. We had a picnic, some entertainment, and then divided up an open field into squares. Brought a cow in and when the cow dropped a cow patty on your square you won part of the entry fee. We built a very nice ballpark off the money raised! A bucket list fundraiser for me would be have a Black Tie Gala in Newport to celebrate something - maybe one day. Everyone is raising a little bit of money for important causes that simply take money to operate and function. We're having our own Building Fund fundraiser in conjunction with Easter Breakfast. If you have a good need, most people are willing to help a little bit.
The success of fundraisers depends on the generosity of others. Whatever the cause – from scholarships or helping a program or attempting to reduce some medical bills for those in need – fundraisers’ success is dependent on the generosity of others. Being on the receiving end of the generosity of others is very humbling.
As we approach Palm Sunday and then Easter, I am simply overwhelmed again by the consistent generosity of God. Our fundraisers have many variables that determine whether or not it will be successful - crowds, weather, who shows up, or whatever else is happening at the same time. But not with our Heavenly Father- His generosity of love and grace are demonstrated daily regardless of schedule conflicts or sparse crowds. His love for you and me remains constant - a love that wants to love us out of our unloveable condition.
So as you go to another bake sale or some kind of dinner this week, be reminded of God's great generosity and constant love for you!
Dr. Rich Lloyd
A follower of Jesus Christ. Husband to Debbie since 1980. Father to Logan, Kelsey and Jordan. Since 2000 the Pastor of the First Baptist Church Newport, Newport, Tennessee nestled in the great Smoky Mountains. A graduate of Samford University (BA '79) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv '83, ThM '85 and PhD '91). A third generation Southern Baptist minister. A serious Peyton Manning and Atlanta Braves fan!