BY BOB BAUCUM, FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

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Giving from the heart is the source of generosity. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we have seen an outpouring of support and witnessed countless acts of selfless service from people across this country and around the world. The strength and character of the human spirit is awesome. 

Generosity is the thing you do without thinking first–you help someone who could use a hand or assistance. Generosity is a reflection and recognition of the many blessings we have received. We all have a lot to be thankful for in our lives.

My father-in-law possessed a tremendous capacity to show generosity.  Although years of working on the family farm around heavy-machinery would result in near deafness and rob our family of countless conversations, his constant love and care for his family was never questioned.

Later this same love would be extended to me, when to prepare for the CPA exam, my father-in-law sold a projector to pay for a CPA prep-course. This act of generosity changed my life and in turn changed what I could do for my family. Last month, I retired after thirty-five years as a CPA.

I have the same challenge when it comes to God. What is an appropriate gift when your life has been changed for the better? I have received many blessings in my life, which I know are from God. I encourage you to ask God what is an appropriate gift for your blessings.