| from Dr. Kathy Koch |

 Generous people are refreshing. 

Recently I attended a special reception at a private residence. It was more than a house. Much more! As impressive as it was, all the space and the amenities are not what made it a wonderful night. What did? 

Joy among the people. Unity of purpose and passion made conversations easy and interesting. 

Humility of our hosts. They were thanked during the program, but not introduced. I’m assuming they were there, but they made sure the event wasn’t about them. The focus remained on the cause we all care about. This impressed me. 

Truth of the Scripture lived out. In Matthew 6:1-4 we read that it’s best to give in secret. Clearly, the host family understands this. Truth is always attractive. I’m confident I’m not the only one who noticed this and was inspired by it. 

This family’s wealth and choice to be generous might cause some people to believe that giving is only something wealthy people need to do. That’s not true. Proverbs 3:27 reminds us that we each can do our part: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” 

All of us can reach out, support causes, and give. We can all create opportunities for people to experience joy and unity. We can all be humble, doing what we can without drawing attention to ourselves. We can all put God on display by being true to Scripture. 

All of us! This year let’s find people to bless and causes to support. Giving changes us while helping others change. 

 Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, banquet talks, and other events. She is a regular speaker for Teach Them Diligently, Care Net, Summit Ministries, and Axis. She also speaks for other organizations, churches, schools, and pregnancy resource centers. In addition, she hosts Celebrate Kids conferences through their Ignite the Family conference division. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio, she was featured in Kirk Cameron’s movie, Connect, and she has written and published five books with Moody Publishers, including Five to Thrive, Start with the Heart, Screens and Teens, 8 Great Smarts, and No More Perfect Kids (with Jill Savage). Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University.