The Beauty in Time and Treasure

When warm scents of vanilla and peanut butter fill the kitchen, I often close my eyes to remember a sweet older woman named Mrs. Bell.

She taught me how to make the best treats, soft peanut butter cookies with crisscrossed patterns pressed into them with a simple dinner fork and a sprinkle of sugar on top.

She also taught me how to make gorgeous paper snowflakes with all the fun geometric shapes that would fall to the floor when we would snip with our scissors.

But most importantly, she taught me about Jesus.

Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” As my kindergarten Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Bell brought this quote to life for me as a young child with her generous spirit, bold faith, and incredible kindness.

You see— Mrs. Bell loved welcoming previously unchurched children into her classroom, and up until that point, my family did not attend church regularly. She loved on me so well that every Sunday I could not wait to bounce out of our home holding onto my parents’ hands, to be greeted in her classroom with her sweet smile, engaging Bible stories and fun crafts.

Mrs. Bell passed away several years ago, but her legacy still lives on with the many lives that she blessed along the way, including mine. Her investment of time and treasure are a testament to her faith and her values. She boldly lived out the verse found in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Today, friends, I ask you to consider where you are making a lasting impact on others with your time and treasure. When you pass from this life, will people speak of your generosity, immense faith, and kindness? Will they think of Matthew 6:21 when they describe your legacy? I know I truly hope so.

I would like to invite you to consider working together with us more closely at  Vitae Foundation as a beautiful way to help with all those things. With your support, we continue to facilitate lifesaving research and apply the findings to create messaging strategies to share with others so, together, we can make abortion unthinkable.

If you want to grow your generosity, faith, and kindness, your continued support of our organization can do just that as we protect women, men, babies, families, and future generations from the dark tragedy of abortion.

Together we can build a legacy of life and make abortion truly unthinkable.

P.S. St. Mother Teresa once said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” Please help us reach more families with our lifesaving research today so that no woman, man, or child feels forgotten or unwanted.