Using the Ultimate Opportunity to Show Their Gratitude
Linda and Jon have decided to include Unity in their estate plan. Linda DuBois was down to her last $5 when she bravely put it in the offering bag at her first Unity church service. From that point forward, she says, her fortunes began to improve. She experienced blessing upon blessing—financial, personal, and spiritual.
Now she and her husband, Jon, are among the most generous donors within Unity, contributing in far greater amounts, supporting major capital projects, and even providing for Unity to receive a portion of their estates when they transition to the next phase of eternal life.
"It has all been a wondrous, God-filled journey," says Linda.
She remembers well the "dark valley" she was experiencing when she was between jobs, running out of money, and searching for answers. "I was broke, desolate, devastated, and brokenhearted," she says. Then one day, "I was ruffling through the telephone directory at the marina office, where I was living on a small sailboat. The pages fell open to ‘churches,' and Unity of Daytona Beach caught my eye."
She called the prayer line and heard the Daily Word® message, which "spoke directly to me," she says. The next Sunday, "I rode my bike to the church service and was immediately amazed to find myself amidst a group of happy, singing people, laughing and smiling! Gosh, that's not what people do in ‘church!'" she laughs.
She sat in the back, and when tears began to roll down her cheeks for seemingly no reason, she felt she had "come home."
Linda said the most life-changing lesson she's learned from Unity is how we create our life experience through our thoughts.
"If I could rent an airplane and pull a banner around behind it, it would say, ‘Your words have power!' Diseases, negativity, toxins, repressed emotions, all trace back to our thoughts. ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,'" she says.
To reshape her thinking, she made gratitude a daily practice. "I learned to be happy and grateful for what I've got, and to make even more from it," says Linda. She found a good job, a new spiritual community, and eventually, her beloved husband, Jon. They were married 12 years ago aboard his 62-foot yacht, officiated by a Unity minister with Unity church members singing.
"I think the good Lord must have thought, ‘Now that you know how to handle your life, I can send you greater prosperity,'" says Linda. She and Jon are financially prosperous, but even more importantly, they are happy, fulfilled, and loving life. They travel with their pets in a 32-foot RV, exploring parks, nature, and enjoying the adventure of life.
For Jon and Linda, who were raised in more traditional Christian denominations, Unity has been a marvel. "Jon doesn't like church, religion, and all the negativity," says Linda. "But once you turn that upside down and realize God is love and God is good, it loses its charge of being fear-based. You are loved, and you feel grateful."
Jon likes Linda to read to him from Unity Magazine®, Daily Word, and Unity books. "Unity is a beacon to direct our ship during the good and the not-so-good times, and to help us receive the lessons we are here to learn—to grow spiritually—and we are truly grateful," says Jon.
What they want most is for Unity to continue doing its good work in the world, so others are served and uplifted. Says Linda: "By donating to Unity through our wills, we have the ultimate opportunity to show our gratitude to God for this wonderful life experience!"
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