One of the positives in all of the tragedy I see in our state, nation, and the world, is the great amount of people stepping up with a heart to help people in crisis. I’ve seen and heard stories of incredible generosity, not only of finances but of themselves. This prompted a lot of thought on the subject of generosity, mainly mine.
Recently, I heard a well-known speaker speak on the subject of generosity. Basically, he said that generosity starts out of a heart to genuinely help others, not out of mind or discipline, but a true desire to see others being helped and encouraged. People who have this heart of generosity seem to have an intentional, daily strategy to add value to others – a forgiving, generous lifestyle. They often ask the question, “Who can I add value to today?”
Consider this thought. Everyone has a “bucket” of encouragement/motivation and we can fill buckets or dip out of buckets. My goal each day is to be a “bucket filler.” Although, I don’t always reach this goal, it seems on the days when I am more intentional, my fill rate goes drastically higher.
We must develop a behavior to help others. How can I intentionally pass on what I have to others? Deuteronomy 15:10 tells us to “…give freely without begrudging it, and the Lord your God will bless you in everything that you do.” (NLT) Generosity releases God’s blessings.
2 Corinthians 9:11-13 reminds us that God gives us opportunities to do good and through our obedience, He will produce a great harvest of generosity in us. We are blessed in many ways so we can give more generously. Two things happen when we do. First, the needs of others will be met; and, second, when they know our “source,” they joyfully will express their thanksgiving to God.
This week, I read a story of a young boy that walked into a police station, gave a bag of money as a donation to the clerk, and left without a word. The police had no idea who he was or why he gave the money. Thanks to the video cameras, they found the 11 year-old boy, who, as it turns out, was the grandson of a police officer who died in the line of duty. The boy had saved up $10.03 over the summer in order to donate it to the police. When asked why he did it, he replied, “One day that’s going to make a difference. If every person would do that, we would have such a great world! It would be awesome!”
What if every Christian walked with this kind of heart of generosity? Intentionally and daily taking every opportunity in word, deed, and giving to bless others. Needs would be met and God would be glorified to a greater degree. If we all did that, we would have such a great world! It would be awesome!