Training to live generously

October 24, 2012 | Viewpoints | Number 21
Milly Siderius |

This summer, as I watched the Olympics, I was amazed by the performances of the athletes. I was even more impressed by the stories of determination, dedication and discipline. Years before competing at this level these athletes are determined to be the best. They dedicate their lives, and in many cases, their own resources, to achieve their goal. Their unwavering discipline pushes them to train every day, rain or shine, to earn the honour of representing their country.

I was reminded of Paul’s athletic metaphor to “run the good race” as Christians, focused on the goal of service to God. I wondered what would happen if we had the same commitment to live generously? Many of you already have made that commitment. You prayerfully and thoughtfully have determined your goals for generosity. Then you dedicate your resources to the work of the Kingdom. In many instances, you have the discipline to regularly set aside a portion of God’s good gifts to share with others. Your example of determination, dedication and discipline are an inspiration for us all.

At Mennonite Foundation of Canada, we believe that our God is generous and that our generosity is a reflection of God’s character. We believe that God owns and we are charged with being good managers or stewards of His bountiful blessings. And we believe that God invites us to share this bounty with others. Giving is an act of worship that proves our words of faith are true. Generosity is faith in action.

During this fall season, a time when we often celebrate God’s goodness and bountiful harvest, will you consider the benefits of a determined, dedicated and disciplined plan for your giving? Make this the year you take another step towards putting your faith in action and discover the joys of living generously.

Milly Siderius is the Director of Stewardship Services for Mennonite Foundation of Canada working out of the Kitchener, Ont., office. For stewardship education and estate and charitable gift planning, contact your nearest MFC office or visit

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