During a discussion on Saturday during Camp Stevens Board of Visitors Weekend – a gathering of donors who sign on to annually give to or get $1,000 for the Friends Annual Fund, who visit the camp at least annually, and who offer valuable advice and input to Camp Stevens – two particular comments stand out.
Joy – a woman I’ve come to admire – has an impressive “just do it” attitude about most everything. Her dedication to the organizations and things she values is surely unmatched, having spent countless hours volunteering for the Episcopal Refugee Network and weeks travelling to Africa to bring hope to small communities there. Her kindness extends to these organizations, to Camp Stevens, and to me: Upon arrival this weekend she brought cuttings from plants I had admired at her home six months ago.
While talking about farm-to-table theology and her love of soil, Jane lamented her church’s stewardship campaigns and pledge drives and spoke about urging her congregation to take on a life of stewardship. She said, in essence: “It’s not about giving money once a year, it’s about living a life that is congruent with your values.” For Jane, touching the soil, walking in the park, laughter, family and blessing others are part of a life of stewardship and integrity.
These women personify authenticity, kindness, and blessing. They understand that Life Is A Gift.
The following video speaks volumes about the value of living an authentic life that seeks to bless others like Jane and Joy do. While its message is truly relevant for anyone, the video speaks specifically to those who are Christian. No matter what you do – or don’t – believe, it’s worth watching. (As a side: Had I been in the studio, I might not have used male pronouns for God!)
I was particularly struck by the call to bless others radically, sacrificially, and cheerfully. And I sure do like the idea of a ripple/movement/flood of blessing!
What struck you? What does blessing others look, sound or feel like? If it has or does mean sharing your resources with Camp Stevens, thank you! And if you’d like to give radically to or in the name of Camp Stevens, here are a few ideas:
- Share your story
- Reconnect with folks you’ve met here
- Love your neighbor
- Enjoy a local, craft beer with friends
- Go for a hike, plant a garden, think about where your food comes from, compost
- Roll down a hill
- & Give Generously to Camp Stevens to ensure that the blessings you received here continue long into the future!
Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly-ish post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!