Thoughts on Generosity
The Spring ladies have decided to continue giving out weekly blogging prompts. I really like how they get me thinking about things I might not normally think about. So, here we go for this week:
What does generosity mean to you? How are you generous?
To me, generosity means giving of yourself. Generosity, I think, implies abundance. Not only does it give, it gives from the heart, and it gives willingly and freely. So, generosity is really a matter of the heart and not just something you do, although it does involve action.
In the Bible is a story where Jesus and his disciples watch people put money into the offering box in the Temple. They watch rich people put large amounts of money in it.
Pretty impressive, right?
Pretty generous to give money away, and large amounts of it no less.
They watch a widow walk up to the box and put two coins into it. Jesus turns to his disciples and tells them they’ve just witnessed the greatest act of generosity they’ve seen all day. He tells them the widow didn’t just give some of her money, she gave it all.
Growing up, hearing this story in Sunday school, I found this story disconcerting, because I thought that it meant that I should be like the widow and give away all I had. But I knew I wouldn’t do that (let’s be honest here) ~ so did that mean I should just forget about the story or feel guilty about not living up to this standard?
But now that I’m older, I think Jesus really was talking about the widow’s heart. He wasn’t saying that everyone should do exactly what she did. But he was watching people and made an observation. She gave it all – she was being the most generous. And I think the lesson for me is to be aware of what I give and where I do need to give my all ~
There are times where I need to give someone my full attention.
There are times when I see a need and I can give just a little more than I feel comfortable with.
There are times when I need to make time for something where I feel like I don’t have any.
It is all about the place where it comes from.
It’s sort of hard to say where I am generous. I do give away money to some causes that I gladly give to and it comes from my heart. I do give my attention to people and I try to put my own “stuff” to the side when I’m with someone and I try to listen and be there for others when I can and truly be happy for others when something good happens to them.
So, that’s my story. What are your thoughts on generosity? How are you generous?