The impact of one life

I want to start by thanking all those of you who contacted Premier during Make A Will Week in November including those 40 people who let me know that they have, or intend to, include Premier in their will. This is so encouraging for us and of course for all those people that will be impacted by these legacies in the future.

If you listened in to Premier that week, you will have heard Brenda’s story, how she became a Christian as a child and how her giving was inspired by the story of the widow’s offering. Brenda believes that the ministry of Premier needs to go on and she cheerfully gives in order to enable future generations to be touched and changed by Premier.

I recently had the privilege of helping to arrange a friend’s 70th birthday. Unknown to her, we organised a ‘This Is Your Life’ presentation with photos and stories from when she was a baby to the present day. What struck me most that evening was how much she had underestimated her impact on people’s lives.

She considers herself unremarkable, ordinary even, but as the messages from friends, family and colleagues flashed up on the screen or were read out, she kept saying, “Is it me they are talking about? I haven’t done anything special.”

How wrong she had been, she had no idea of the impact her friendship, her kindness and her huge generosity had on the people around her. As someone who counts it to be a privilege to be her friend, I know that she is a remarkable woman who genuinely puts herself second and is a rock to those who need her, despite her own health challenges.

She has truly lived her life as a cheerful giver and her lasting legacy was evident that night. This reminds me of the words of St Paul who writing to the church in Corinth said; The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (New Revised Standard) We cannot begin to know how God might bless our offerings but we know with God we can see the ordinary transformed into the extraordinary. If you are considering a gift to Premier in your will or would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Claire Southall is Premier’s Key Relationships Director and can be contacted on 0300 777 1221 or at legacy@premier.org.uk To download a copy of Premier’s free legacy booklet please go to premier.org.uk/legacy   

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