ORANGE TIP: Generosity
I experienced great generosity from someone this week. While I appreciated it enormously, I was aware that this person could afford to be generous. They had more than they needed and more than they could use so it was no great burden for them to be generous.
Rather than this in some way taking away from their generosity, I realised that such generosity still required an awareness of their own ‘wealth’ – an awareness that few of us have. Most often, when my generosity is challenged I focus on the other person’s issues – Are they deserving enough? Do they really need it more than me? Have they earned it? Will they repay me?
I was challenged though to think about my own willingness to be generous and how that holds up a very clear mirror to the way I see the world and God’s care for me. Whether it be money, kindness, forgiveness, time or anything else we have to offer – if I consistently see myself as being lacking, short-changed, impoverished or not having ‘enough’, I will find it difficult to be generous.
As a child of God, what can I possibly not have enough of though? (Matt 6:25-34)
If I am trusting God, and making wise choices – then treating others the way I want to be treated (being generous) becomes simple.
My challenge, next time I am faced with my own reluctance to be generous, is to ask myself four questions;
“What commodity don’t feel I have enough of to share?” Time? Money? Energy? Love?
“What is the source of that commodity in my life?” Family? Work? Status? Power? Influence?
“Am I seeking and trusting God to provide everything I need?”
“Am I making wise choices in my use of what God is providing?”
As is often the case, when we are challenged by those we are in relationship with, it is beneficial to look not at their faults or need for improvement – but at our own.
This is often an act of generosity in itself.
What is ‘Orange’? Orange is a visual reminder that to help our kids follow Jesus the church and families need to work together.
If RED represents the love and heart of families for their kids…
And YELLOW represents the light that the church should be in the world…
Then ORANGE is when we come together, work together and guide our children together.
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