We know the Golden Rule of Kindergarten: share with others.
We teach it, encourage it, expect it. Scripture calls us to it (Luke 10:25-37, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 13:16).
Yet as adults we drift away from basic generosity. Ambition, hurts, envy, and betrayals become unseen companions in our journey. They bend our steps off our intended Christ-centered path. Most of the time we are not even aware that we’ve added the new seatmates. But they are present, nonetheless, influencing our actions toward others.
We can choose otherwise. Let’s call them out! With God’s grace we can examine our hearts and move our companionship with others into generous and caring relationships.
For a generous life…
1) Stop comparing! It’s a generosity killer! A competitive person struggles to be generous.
2) Examine your days and choose a way to grow in generosity. Are you able to give your time or money or stuff? Check out the power point at the end of this post.
3) Recognize that seasons in life change. With the changes, we modify what we can do. No guilt. A young mom is not able to give in the same way as a single person. That’s ok. It’s just different.
4) Even so…some life change may be needed. Redirect resources: fewer coffee house visits, reduce closet hangers, spend less time with the television or a novel?
5) Get to know the needs. We tend to be generous when we understand the needs and problems. Learn more about the missionaries and mission organizations that your church partners with.
Generosity Freely Gives
It expects nothing in return. No ulterior motive. No favor gained from the receiver nor observer. No longing drive for private greener pastures.
Three ways to consider giving…
What additional ways can we be more generous?