For me, this summer has been a refreshing time of reflection and introspection about 100 STB. This past year of tremendous growth coupled with a high level of activity was glorious, wasn't it? I loved it all!
I can relate to the 3 disciples who wanted to stay on the mountain with Jesus when he was transfigured. Yes, let's pitch a tent and enjoy more of the glory, like the 2019 luncheon! As we know, Jesus instructed Peter, James & John not to pitch a tent but to return to their witness in the world. Just as they returned to spread the gospel good news so we are to continue our mission of serving Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
We have a mission & purpose…we support the work of Christian non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area. But I do wonder, "what now, Lord?" What will it look like?
Well it will be some of the same and some new (see below). Yes, we will continue in our mission by helping others catch the vision of 100 STB. We remember that our faithful God goes before us. We pray fervently.
As I have been praying and reflecting, the idea of CONTAGIOUS GENEROSITY popped in my head. Does that phrase ring true with you? It surely does for me. I think it embodies the spirit of 100 Shares Tampa Bay. I believe generosity stems from the Spirit's work in our hearts, souls and minds. It is gratitude to God for His gifts to us. I love this ministry because we all have the assurance that we have been blessed and from that, we have a heart to bless others, to help the weak and needy.
Contagious is sometimes associated with germs but this contagiousness is not. It's like spreading laughter and love! We want our generosity to spread. And it is spreading…a good thing! We have a valuable and worthwhile focus. We can go and tell and God will do His work.
Are we ready to let the Lord lead as we embrace another year of ministry work? There is a song by the group Hillsong, "Are You Ready?" I guess I would have to answer, "Well, almost!" I am almost ready for another blessed year in 100 Shares. What would it take for me to be truly ready?
First, a prayerful pause to remember--He is a faithful Lord. As we are giving Him the glory in our words and deeds, He will be with us.
Then I pause to remember how much I value you and all our partners. We have grown into a vibrant ministry. Thank you for being one of our strong 110 partners.
So yes, when I recount these blessings, I can truly say, "Yes, I am ready for another blessed year in ministry in 100 STB."
May we all be ready to welcome 125 partners!
Looking forward to our year together,
P.S. - A couple of new ideas that I am pondering: I will offer to meet for dialogue with just you and your interested friend. Don't have time to plan an event for 6-8? OK. Just let you, your guest and me gather @ Starbuck's and voila, we have a potential new partner to woo! And I would love to extend our Fall Coffee time to an informal Q and A afterwards @ the Starbuck's across the street from the Centre. I love chatting about 100 Shares.