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What act of generosity has created the most impact in your life?
We don’t become generous by accident, for man is naturally selfish. To become generous is a choice – a choice formed by modelling. We become generous because someone did it to us first. Someone showed us how. Someone modelled it for us.
For me, it was my mother.
My mom is the most generous person I know. Not just to us – her children – but to everyone. Growing up, she consistently showed me how it was to be generous. To be giving. To be compassionate. When someone needed her help. she would not hesitate to extend a hand. When she had a sibling who wasn’t doing well financially (as was often the case), she would help them out. Even if at times we were also a bit tight – she would still choose to help. My mom would give even when it wasn’t always easy or convenient. She would give even when she didn’t need to.
Giving is not giving until it hurts.
The bible says that “It is more blessed to give than to receive. “There were a lot of times when my mom gave until it hurt. That’s just the way she is. Her example made an impact on me. It showed me that giving is a privilege.
When you bless people, they in turn, will bless others. Generosity is contagious.
Blessed to bless.
The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously. Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work.
-2 Corinthians 9:6 – 9
I learned that when you bless others, you’re fulfilling God’s purpose as to why he blessed you in the first place. It’s a lot better to give than to be the one who needs to be given to. To be able to give is a privilege. And I’m not just talking about money. You can give far more than that. You can give compassion, kindness and encouraging words. But I believe that the best thing you can give to others is your testimony. Your story about how God changed your life. Because the benefit for the other person when he receives Christ in his life is not just temporary. It’s eternal.
Our time here on earth is limited. Why not spend it on something that will outlive us and create an impact?
One of the best ways I know to show generosity is to genuinely care for others and share the gospel with them. Sharing Jesus is a privilege. Accepting God in my life has been the best decision I ever made. The joy that I get in serving Christ and in pointing people to him, knows no bounds. It has turned my life around, 180 degrees. It has changed me from the inside out. It has given me a sense of purpose and direction. Having Christ in my life is the best thing that happened to me. How can I possibly keep Him to myself? How can I not share Jesus?
Blessed to bless. This is what we are.
You don’t know how big of an impact a small act of generosity can make.
Choose to be generous.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life.