Dear Dyersburg FUMC Family, 

I hope that by now you have received your 2020 Commitment Card from DFUMC and that you have had the chance to consider how you might share your financial gifts with the church in the coming year. We have two more weeks remaining in our Season of Stewardship, and I hope that you will worship with us as we consider what Jesus taught his disciples, and us, about living with a spirit of abundance rather than fear of scarcity.

For many in our community and in our world, scarcity is an everyday, terrifying reality. Many do not have enough to eat or clean water to drink. Many cannot afford consistent, quality healthcare. Inconsistent access to reliable transportation means that those who want to work will still have trouble finding and keeping a job. Jesus’s caution against living in fear of scarcity does not mean that scarcity isn’t a life-altering reality for many, because it is. Jesus’s caution against living in fear of scarcity is, for those of us who have enough, an invitation to share from our abundance—to live with a very loose grip on the things that we think of as “ours.” 

Once we start down the slippery slope of fearing scarcity, we find ourselves holding more tightly to the things we think of as “ours.” We start piling up things for ourselves—money, reputation, time, material goods—because we begin to believe that these “things” are what make us secure in this life. The antidote to our fear of scarcity is to share. The more we share, the more we begin to see that the things that we steward in this life are not actually “ours.” They belong to God, and God has asked us to use what we have to make the world more and more like God’s Kingdom. What an enormous honor and privilege! 

I will look forward to seeing you on Sunday! In God’s abundance, Mary Beth