Having a can-do attitude
Connecting the Past to the Future
I wanted to share a story that's related to my topic. It dates back to my new motherhood days and I thought it would drive home the point I'd like to make. Although this true story took place over 20 years ago, it is still near and dear to my heart...
I once Chaired a $200,000 Capital Funds Campaign for my church.
The pastor didn't choose someone of high financial status or with an important title who was upstanding in the community--he chose me.--A young mother of two with SPIRITUAL status who lived life with enthusiasm.
DEDICATED WORK PAYS OFF
Let me tell you, there was a lot of frowns and back talking about it among the members, too! But, I humbly took the Complete "How To Run a Capital Funds Campaign" manual in one hand and my Bible in the other. Well, the rest is history! I worked extremely hard for 4 years, creating and running committees, hosting congregational and community meetings at venues (speaking to hundreds), hosting dinners, speaking at events and creating pledge lists. I even preached two sermons that ended in excited tears and standing ovations. (very humbly speaking), and I wasn't even an Ordained Minister at the time. I was simply a mother teaching Sunday School.
WE DID IT!
In a small congregation of just 75 members and with the help of my Advanced Gifts Giving Committee reaching out to the community, we exceeded our goal by $160,000, collecting total pledges of $360,000! We were able to repair our antique Johnson organ, put a new roof on our chapel and paint the church, with a lot left over!
Although I worked hard for 4 years with no compensation, my reward exceeded any monetary value!
DESIRE OVERSEES EVERYTHING!
My point is, I am not some genius, I just had faith, expectancy and the desire to achieve it--pure and simple--the same thing I am doing here.
You, too, can achieve YOUR potential through belief and a strong desire to succeed!
**You don't have to be a rocket scientist or someone with financial or community status. You just have to be YOU!