Serve With Generosity

Jon and Jennifer are a husband and wife team in Austin, Texas. Jennifer homeschools their seven children (ages 3-16) and has recently published the book Pursuing Peace: Overcoming Fear, Condemnation, and Unforgiveness. Jonathan is a business consultant and life coach. Together they want to: Maximize others through encouragement and empowerment. Learn more at

photo credit: The Schober


If you boiled life down to one philosophy that brings meaning and adds value to your life no matter what circumstances you face, what is that philosophy for you?

Jennifer: I was created by God, therefore, I matter. I have faith that Jesus is my Savior and because of His death on the cross, I do not have to live under the guilt of my sin. I have the power, authority, and privilege of talking to God, and I have real hope that will not disappoint in the end.

Jonathan: I am at my best when I help others to be their best. How can I serve someone and help them be their best? Maybe it’s a word of encouragement or maybe a brainstorming session. Maybe it’s connecting them to someone else they need on their team.

What are one or two keys to success for you? 

Jennifer: I let peace rule my decision-making. Consider a baseball umpire calling balls and strikes. As a decision comes your way, let peace be your umpire. Will this decision bring you peace or cause you to lose your peace? Inner peace is a treasure unlike any other.

Jonathan: Perfection is the enemy of good enough. I have been rightly accused of taking a Ready, Fire, Aim approach, but at least I’m doing something. You cannot correct your course unless you are moving. The last couple of years have consisted of several career pivots. During this time I have continue to move, get feedback, and redirect my efforts as needed. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m happy with where I am on the journey.

What is one of the biggest mistakes you've made and what did you learn from it?

Jennifer: My biggest mistake was living the majority of my life cowering to the fear of what others think. I hid who I was and the mistakes I made, living in the shadows of others and in a world of insecurity. Empowering myself with God's truth, I have broken free and become a transparent, encouraging, powerful woman sharing life from all angles with anyone who wants to hear. The more real and honest I am, the more I enjoy myself and my life.

Jonathan: I didn't understand the true value of networking. No, I don’t mean passing out business cards to a room full of total strangers while drinking bad coffee and eating cold eggs. Networking means truly connecting with others and understanding how they serve people and how you can better serve them. Understanding this has been a major breakthrough for me.

What is your best advice for people who want to SHOW UP AND SHINE? In other words, what would you say to help people live into their bigger story?

Jennifer: Be real, be transparent, and be powerful. Keep asking yourself why? What are the motives behind what you are doing? Dig deep into the reasons you think and act the way you do. When your motives are pure and your desires are genuine, then you can live your vision with confidence and peace.

Jonathan: Serve, serve, serve, and serve with generosity. Service in action really is the secret sauce to being able to Show Up And Shine. As you serve people, you develop trust. From this place of trust you are able to solve important problems.


Questions: Is generosity part of your secret sauce to success? Share an example of how you serve others with generosity.