Often we think of being generous, as giving hand outs. Or you watch other people being generous just so they themselves can RECIEVE the glory for their public good works.
Generosity is bigger than that, a state of mind. Now before you go to the extreme... I am not saying become a martyr. I am speaking to generously planting seeds. Spreading cheer, encouragement, love - that is a gift. Planting seeds of thought, convictions, passion, upright and steadfastness in your daily life - that is a gift. Being a mentor, a teacher, a motivator - that is a gift. Being focused, strong, committed at work - that is a gift. Listening to your children, planting seeds that are fully of conviction, accountability and of active faith - that truely is a gift. I can go on and on of course. Look at your life today, your personal decision matrix, what takes your time, what do you really care about - it is a good thing to be quiet and think, be quiet in Prayer - everyday.
Try it - Every step of your life do it with a glad heart and a smile - all the whiles thanking God. It might even be a terrible day - show active faith and continue giving. Remember don't give in a way that others will notice, or give you credit; give quietly and sincerely.
Bottom line are you Contributing or Taking?!?!
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“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 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. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 NIV
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