Generosity is one of the gifts that truly keeps on giving. Not only to the person who receives it but the person who provides the generosity also benefits from it greatly. The person who is blessed by the gift grows in gratitude of some sorts but the person who gives receives a sense of fulfillment and, often times unknowingly, they increase their capacity to give in the process.
“One Person gives freely,yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; who ever refreshes others will be refreshed.” -Proverbs 11:24-25
Generosity comes in many forms:
- Resources (Money, Services, Connections)
- Effort (Your Time, Attention, Energy)
Generosity requires faith, meaning that you know that by supplying this person with a gift they will be in a better place than when you previously encountered them. Our capacity to give and provide for others is something that is built upon our previous experience doing so. One does not just start out by giving $100,000 to their charity of choice, you build up to that point. We increase our generosity by exercising it. Start by giving a little and see what happens. Here are a 3 ways to start giving so that you can give like no other:
1. Set A Target
Just as in achieving any great feat you have to set a marker that you wish to hit. Think and pray about what you would like to give and set a date that you which to give it by. This will help you map out how much you need to save (if you are giving it all at once) or give each week. If you have a written plan you are that much more committed to achieving it.
2. Develop A Generous Mindset
The worst way to give is with a heart of guilt as if you were reluctant to give it, if that is the case do not give at all. Cultivate an attitude of joyful giving that you are sacrificing so that another can benefit. We are blessed so that we may bless.
3. Make It A Priority
Once you know how much you have to give and how regularly you are saving or giving it, carve that dollar amount into your budget. Look at it as one of your most important items on your budget that you can’t afford to miss. Place a reminder in a place where you can see it every day and constantly remind yourself how important it is.
You will soon find pride and fulfillment in giving to something greater than yourself. Giving with a joyful spirit always seems to result in increase for the one who is generous. In Luke 6 verse 38, Jesus himself says,
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Generosity is the path to blessing and further prosperity. If you want to give, start to give. If you want increase in your life, begin to invest into the lives of those around you. Be a source of comfort, a source of aid, and a source grace for the people who are most important to you. Begin to do these things and watch to see if you yourself are not added to. After all,
“God Only Gives To You What He Knows Will Flow Through You”
When faith and generosity collide breakthrough is just on the horizon.
What are you doing to add to the lives of those around you?
What do you do to increase your generosity?