I pledge as one way of giving thanks. I am grateful for all the grace God has granted both to me and to my family. I want to share such grace with others using St. David’s as the vehicle to leverage my giving with the resources our parish devotes to God’s work in the world.
We are called by our faith to give back to God a portion of what we have been freely given by God. Gratitude takes many forms. I find that everywhere I turn I am confronted with blessings from God, and I need to recognize and respond to all those blessings.
Pledging is one of my ways to spread and share that gratitude. St. David’s is God’s vehicle on earth to spread the Gospel message and demonstrate the Gospel teachings through our outreach, worship, fellowship, education, and on, and on.
Working through St. David’s, I can increase my impact compared to simply “going it alone” thanks to the coordination, shared activity, and connections our parish has developed. St. David’s record of outreach starting with St. David’s Hospital, through Caritas, and now to Trinity Center, speaks volumes in how we can promote the Gospel.
What will be next in such a list? I do not know, but I know that the seeds of that next major movement are already here. I feel called to be a part of this Gospel mission founded on gratitude. We can help to share God’s blessings through our work and generosity.
So I pledge. Regularly, each year, using Proportionate Giving as my tool and raising that proportion each year. My pledging started as a teenager; Proportionate Giving came later but has been our family mantra for 30 years or so.
And one last thought: generosity makes me feel good—about myself, and what positive effect I can have. Many have freely shared themselves with me, and I can give that sharing to others based on such a blessed example.