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Dear Friends,

A number of years ago, our stewardship campaign was called “Eat Dessert First.” It was fun. It was tasty….and it was based on the following message by Maria Shelter. Read, think, and enjoy.

Kathy Billger

An aunt of mine named Lucille shared with me two interesting perspectives on life:

Lucille believed in eating her pie or other dessert before the rest of the meal. She said: “When you get to being seventy-eight years old like I am, you fill up quickly. I always want to have dessert, so I just eat that first.”

Lucille also believed in giving ten percent of her money to God through the church before she spent anything else. She said: “I don’t have a lot of money, just social security and a small pension, so it’s easy to spend it all and have nothing left for God. What I’ve discovered in life is that when I really put God first, I end up having enough for everything else I need to do. In fact, I’m able to save a little bit of money each month. I don’t know how God works it out; but it’s like putting God first causes everything else to work better.”

Lucille was an energetic, enthusiastic person who thoroughly enjoyed life; and she always knew what was important. She always intended to make the most of life—and to her that meant eating dessert first and giving to God first. It’s easy for us to take our blessings for granted and to forget that God is the source of all that we have. I’m very thankful for what Lucille taught me. I think she was right about eating the pie first and also right about giving to God first. I’m a junior in high school, so I don’t have a lot of income, but I give 10 percent of what I do have to God through the church.

Prayer: God, we give you thanks for the many blessings you give us. Thank you for pie, for money, for good friends, and for your love. Help us put you first not only in our giving but in our other decisions as well.


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