On Sunday, I hosted a meeting at Church and I did a little talk on Generosity. Being a generous person. Here you go -
Being generous – my lesson learned. A life lesson maybe. A way of life to be generous. In all areas.
||1.willingness and liberality in giving away one’s money, time, etc;
||freedom from pettiness in character and mind
||a generous act
2 Cor 2: 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,
Have you ever been in a situation where you know that you are to give but don’t know how to afford it, how it would be possible. Bible shows that there is a grace for obedience. That giving beyond your ability to be obedient leads to giving – on their own accord.
Generosity Encouraged: 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Reminds us that it is not grudgingly given.
2 cor 9:11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
If you are giving thanks, that must be because you have received something – the joy of giving, or the joy of receiving.
When I was talking with Ryan about being generous, he said that Ruben Morgan – tweeted this week: Generous hands are never empty!
I don’t want my hands to be empty, I want to be generous in time, words, money, things, I want to be free from smallness of mind – not a trait that runs in our family, but if i stop being generous or don’t see it as important then small minded ness is the opposite of generosity, worse till being stingy?
Whether it was the time the neighbour’s house was flooded and she needed water – I offered to do her laundry too, if I am generous with the small things, then the bigger things will be a delight!
I am reminded that it is far too easy to be generous with a throw away negative comment, or criticism or a question (that as my mum says, can also be a criticism). After having a coffee date and walk in the river town with my sweet sister (if you know her, you will love her – promise. Not only is she a fashionista, but she’s too cute and totally adorbs. I might one day give you a link to her blog!). So whilst we were talking we were finding out how easy it is to be negative, and the impact of one’s mood on the atmosphere around you. It’s as though you can create a wave around you/forcefield that people are totally aware of. If you are able to do that in a negative way – you are also able to do it in a good way. Being full of faith, full of encouragement and generous with your words. More than a compliment. Looking for uniqueness in everyone.
Remember – some promises
Proverbs 11:25: A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Psalm 37:26 :They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.
You know. I want my babes to be a blessing – so I’m going to adhere to the generous lifestyle!