I love the story of the widow’s offering. She gave everything she had as an offering without pomp and circumstance. What was viewed as a small gift by many was no small gift to her or to God.
The first gift I gave to UMHB was ten dollars. I remember it well. I was a recent graduate, strapped for cash. I didn’t think I could give up anything out of my budget beyond a monthly tithe to the church. Shortly after graduation, I was asked to serve on the Alumni Board as a Class Representative. I knew I could give of my time. In my mind that was my way of giving back to a university, which had supplied me with a wonderful education and friends I knew would last a lifetime.
During my service on the Board, a wise graduate explained to me that a monetary gift did not have to be large to be used to further someone’s education. Every dollar given might help someone come to UMHB who could not consider college attendance without financial assistance. It caused me to reflect on alumni and friends of the university who gave, allowing me to attend college. Feeling a little embarrassed, I wrote a check for “only” ten dollars hoping God could use this meager gift to help someone. It wouldn’t pay for even an hour of tuition but along with the gifts of other alumni, my wise friend told me it would stretch to a larger gift.
While my gifts over the years have grown past ten dollars, many may still see my financial contributions to UMHB as “small.” I immediately push those kinds of thoughts from my mind. In my heart, I now know there are no small contributions to the cause of Christ. Every time I give to UMHB, I wonder who might be helped by my gift. Will it supply room and board for a young freshman? Will it help a science student buy books or pay for lab fees? Will someone beyond the traditional age of a college student be able to start toward his or her dream of having a college degree? Will it lead a person to campus who needs a life changing experience with God… all because I gave? I may never know. I do know every alumnus who gave before me paved the way for me to have a quality Christian education. Without that I’m not sure where I’d be.Any gift given is certain to make a difference in the lives of our students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. For more information, we invite you to visit giving.umhb.edu.