It’s easy to go through the motions of ministry – to appear to make progress when all we are doing is marching in place. Church history, modern and ancient, is filled with examples of two kinds of groups – those who made progress and those who regressed. What made the difference? Generosity of heart and action.
We cross the line into effectiveness when we are generous. Mother Teresa and her Sisters of Charity and other Catholic and some Protestant groups are examples of great progress. When life is over, if we should live many decades, and we evaluate how we’ve done, I wonder if our lives will count for much more than our level of generosity toward others.