I consider myself very blessed to be raised by parents who modeled generosity to me. They taught me about tithing, sponsored families at Christmas time, gave anonymous gifts big and small and always taught me the mantra is “to whom much is given, much is expected.”
I think that has been such a gift in my life because generosity is just part of my DNA. That being said, it isn’t something that necessarily comes easy to me. But thankfully I married someone who is incredibly generous and, like my parents, just easily weaves generosity into our lives.
All of this being said, I found myself sitting in church last weekend and reading section 5 last week and realizing that perhaps just doing the tithing thing was losing its joy. It was more of a routine. A good one, don’t get me wrong. But while it used to excite me to give, now it just seemed mundane.
I think it has a little to do with losing a connection to the places we give. With everything becoming automated I pay less attention to where our money goes. But I also think there is such a joy in spontaneous unplanned giving. Random acts of kindness paying for the next person in line. Hearing about a friend who needs a little bit of help. Sponsoring a colleague’s cause that they are passionate about.
We used to do those things a lot, but either got out of the habit or got lazy. But if I want to model generosity to my kids, cutting checks and auto withdrawals to charities aren’t really showing them much. Making giving real and tangible and fun. THAT is contagious giving.
How do you like to be generous?
Your assignments for the week:
- Read the fifth section of Satisfied.
- Do the project on pg. 178.
- Comment here on what you learned this week about “The Generous Heart”.