June 2013

Being Generous

Every year on the TV, radio and in the press, there are numerous campaigns from numerous organisations encouraging and cajoling us to be involved and make a difference. Sometimes these campaigns encourage us to part with our hard earned money, sometimes they encourage us to go on a sponsored walk or run, sometimes it is to go on a protest march or to write to our Member of Parliament. In almost all cases the result is worthwhile. We can help alleviate poverty, fight cancer, and protect vulnerable children. We can provide clean drinking water, food or education to people in the developing world. We can look after historic buildings, protect woodlands and stop cruelty to animals.

The one unifying inspiration about all these campaigns is that they assume that by acting together an individual’s £5, 5 mile walk, or letter to the MP can make a difference. They tell us we are not alone and the unity of purpose they bring means that together we can achieve far more than a single donation, sponsorship or angry letter would by themselves.

Part of the Christian message is to be light and salt in the world (Mat 5:13-16). Jesus tells us that small things can be transformative, for ourselves and for those around us. Our faith also encourages us to give, of our money, our time, and ourselves in order to be a catalyst for transformation in society.

I have recently become aware of the fleshandblood campaign which launched in January 2013. The campaign aims to encourage Christians to donate blood and organs as an additional method of personal giving. A Christian’s commitment to generosity can help make a significant impact on the lives of many and help to support the work of the NHS in caring for our communities. The campaign is supported by all denominations.

Though I had been an organ donor many years ago, I had somehow let my blood donation slide almost 20 years ago, the campaign has encouraged me to become a blood donor once again.  It is a sad fact that 96% of the population will need blood at some stage, but only 4% donate. I can’t personally supply the 7000 units of blood that are needed everyday by the NHS, but by joining with many others I can be a part of saving live and improving quality of life.

Can you also thing about your Christian commitment to generosity and perhaps blood and organ donation can be a part of your sharing abundant life with others. An abundant life that, at its source, comes from God.


June 2013