A Message from Matthew Kelly
Who are the most generous people you know? Ask someone this question and you will more than likely hear an inspiring story. When I reflect on this question there are two groups of people that immediately come to mind, who have had an enormous impact on my work over the past twenty years. Every year I am more grateful for these people, without whose generosity I would never have been able to reach as many people as I have.
The first are event organizers. When I arrive at an event I am intensely aware that the planning for that event began about twelve months earlier. For almost a year this group of dedicated volunteers has been working tirelessly to make this event a success. When I meet people on the organizing committee I often wonder to myself, “How did you have time to organize this event?” Like most people today, they have very busy lives filled with lots of commitments and responsibilities. Their generosity is inspiring.
The other group that immediately comes to mind when I think about the most generous people I know is The Ambassadors’ Club. This is the most inspiring group of people I know. These are the faithful members who drive almost everything we do at the Dynamic Catholic Institute. Each ambassador commits to giving a monthly donation to support our work. Last week at an event a man told me that he had decided to give up cable television and give the money to us instead. He explained that at first it was the hardest thing he had ever done, but now, a year later, it is the best thing he has ever done. He went on to explain how it had changed his life: “My marriage is better than it has ever been. I’m a much better father. I am really growing spiritually for the first time in my life. It’s amazing—just because I am watching less television.”
Everywhere we turn there is generosity. The daily generosity of parents and the sacrifices they make for their children; the incredible generosity of our priests, men who give their lives to serve God’s people and lead them spiritually; the courageous generosity of all those who serve in the military; and humanity’s constant efforts to relieve the suffering of the poor and the marginalized. And still, it is so easy for us to selfishly focus on ourselves. But with every passing day, God is gently inviting us to live more generously, calling us to switch the focus off ourselves and onto others.
Excerpted from The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic