Turning Lip Gloss Into Beautiful Generosity
Miss Mary is a not-so-ordinary childcare worker at the YMCA who came to me for advice. We had no friends in common, no referral source…she just found me through Google. And she told me this story:
“A girl named Sarah and I were reading a book together and I pulled out some lip gloss. As I applied it to my lips, Sarah looked up at me and said softly, “I wish I could wear lip gloss.”
I asked her if her parents allowed her to and she said, “Yes, but I’d rather not, because my lips are ugly. I wish I had pretty lips like you.” Sarah said this because she has an unrepaired cleft lip.
I told Sarah that her lips were beautiful and that she, too, can wear lip gloss. …
The Challenge of Engagement
Last week I spent a couple of days in Indianapolis at the request of a new friend, Layne at Ron Blue and Company. Weeks ago, after having lunch with his colleagues and talking about generosity and ways in which the Generosity Gameplan could serve clients, Layne pulled me aside and wondered how what we had just been talking about could help his church. He is a member of the large evangelical Grace Church. They had just completed a two-year capital campaign and wondered, “How do we rethink generosity as a congregation?” Interesting.
Their lead pastor had preached on generosity for three weeks, and on the fourth weekend we showed this animation and gave away over 1,000 copies of my book Connected …