A Ten-Fold Return

The Cupcake and Stewardship

A few weeks ago, we were invited to a party for the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame football game. Karen and I thought it would be nice to bring a cake decorated in gray and scarlet. We had our four-year-old grandson, John Paul, and our granddaughter, Ariana, with us as we went to pick up the cake. As we walked past the bakery our grandson pleaded with us, “Papa and Mimi, I want to bring something to the party too.” Of course, we said that would be okay. So, they picked up two containers of mini cupcakes. The party began and everyone was eating. John Paul asked if he could pass out the cupcakes to all the people. On his way he went, happy to give away all his cupcakes. In a few minutes he came running back to us as he loudly announced, “Look! I got $14!” The people were so moved by his generous heart that they gave him money for his piggy bank.

I believe this story of our grandson and the cupcakes captivates the essence of stewardship spirituality. We give our time, talent, and treasure with a generous heart and the good Lord returns to us ten-fold. In some special way, we can all learn something from the story of John Paul and the cupcakes.

Deacon John