The most amazing people I have met in my journey through life, have been generous people. Generosity has changed my life on so many levels, I can’t even begin to explain. If you have been the recipient of someone’s generosity, you know what I am talking about. And if you are a generous person, you understand the power of generosity.
By definition, according to dictionary.com, generosity is willingness and liberality in giving away one’s money, time, etc; magnanimity; freedom from pettiness in character and mind; a generous act and abundance; plenty.
Giving freely is a way of life, not an act. Someone asked me not long ago about giving to the church; “why should I give? I give and give, but I have never seen anything from it”. Actually, many of us, give in order to receive, however that is missing the heart of generosity. As we read in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
A generous person does not expect anything in return, because it flows from a heart of love and gratitude toward God who abundantly gives us all things. Note well, it flows, like a river; it is not forced, it is not stressed, it doesn’t focus on something going out, it doesn’t think about the receiver, it just flows freely and abundantly. And as it flows like a river, it waters everything in its path, bringing life, and hope to those who receive, and a happy, healthy and hopeful heart to the one who gives.
I learned that generosity is addictive, contagious and above all things, it is the heart of God. Showing generosity is walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who not only taught us how to give freely but ultimately gave Himself for the redemption of our sins. Paul reminds us in Acts 20:35b “…..and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Be blessed and be generous!