It is great to have an opportunity to celebrate the best that the United States offers to its citizens and to the world.  This year, we pause mid-week for the celebration, which in a way is a mid-year pause as well. Six months of 2018 have come and gone.

This a great week to look back over your personal and church plans for 2018 and see where you are.  It is especially important to review finances. How are you doing with paying down debt or creating an emergency fund for your household?  Pastors and Finance Committees need to take a good look at numbers for the first six months of the year in comparison to numbers from 2016 and 2017. Are they up, down or about the same?

There are still six months left in the year to get the finance numbers where you want them to be. And there is plenty of time to plan for growth in generosity this year and in 2019. Generosity in a church is not going to grow without a plan and execution of the plan. Inertia will always win.

Praying you will discover the joy of greater generosity.