A Path to Transformation
By Brenda Shinault, RscP
“It doesn’t matter what you are, but what you are willing to become.”
-AME Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie
When I was five yrs-old my mother began taking me to church with her. Before leaving home each week, she’d give me a quarter to put in the collection basket at Sunday School.
For years, I begrudgingly surrendered these coins because I felt that money should be mine.
In college, I argued against tithing, and regularly ducked out of Sunday services before collections.
Transformation occurred in my thirties after I adopted a consistent practice of service at church. Mentally, I shifted from just attending for inspiration to becoming a stewart of my spiritual community.
My service and donations became ways that I could help provide and maintain a sacred space and place for myself and others. Instead of going to church to get something, I was now going to give something.
The Spirit of love in me is activated in giving. It blesses and multiplies all that I give and all that I receive.