Gratitide is Riches, Complaint is Poverty

Doris Day

“Gratitude is riches, complaint is poverty.”  Isn’t that a wonderful quote?  It’s attributed to Doris Day.  I ran across it while doing a Buzzfeed quiz online, thus proving that you can learn something valuable from even the silliest things.

One of the riches that I’ve been blessed with is my job.  I’ve worked for both for-profit and non-profit organizations, and I’ve learned that the non-profit world is where I really want to be.  I get enormous satisfaction from the work that we do here at the Foundation.  One of the things that I get to do is write checks that go out into the world to fund organizations which work to make the world a better place.

As an example, I get to send checks this month from two of our donor managed funds to churches to support the preschool program for one and a college scholarship program for the other.  Other donor managed funds provide money throughout the year for things like church outreach programs, mission trips, and pastoral care and education. 

One fund provides support for one church’s expenses related to stewardship programs, which enables the church to pay for the cost of materials and events which support their stewardship program.  Donors don’t often think about providing financial administrative support, but those types of gifts are crucial, because they make the work of the Church possible.

Another fund provides money for one of the Moravian retirement centers to aid retired Moravian pastors and their spouses or widows who may be in need of financial assistance.  What better way to thank them for their years of service than to help out when they need it?

For me, there is a great deal of joy in being able to be even a small part of the process of aiding these organizations in their work.  The people behind these funds are doing what they can to support the Moravian Church and its endeavors.  I’m very happy that I can be of some help to them in doing so.

I realize that what I do is just a small part of this support, but if you put enough people doing small things together, you can make a big thing.  I don’t have a huge amount of money to donate.  I can’t create my own donor managed fund.  But I can do what I can do.  Every action that anybody takes to do good is a step toward moving the world to a better state. 

Here’s another quote, this time attributed to Mother Teresa.  You’ve probably seen it before.

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

The last of her precepts is “Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.”  It may not be enough, but it will do something.  And every something, large or small, turns the world in the right direction.

What can you do?