11/10 Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Generosity: The Price of Peace
11/17 Isaiah 65:17-25 Generosity: The Future Perfect
11/24 Colossians 1:11-20 Generosity: Giving to What We Worship
Choose to be Generous: Ideas to Foster Generosity
Research confirms what we already knew: people are hard-wired to be generous and are happier when they are. At the University of Notre Dame, the Science of Generosity project has revealed that the brain lights up when a person does good things for others. God has truly created us to serve.
If you’ve never made generosity a priority or aren’t sure how to get started, we’ve gathered a few ideas you can use:
- Remember when you were the recipient of generosity: Sometimes we forget that we’ve been the recipients of generosity—and how much those acts enriched our lives. Perhaps it was early in your life when you had trouble making ends meet and someone shared groceries. Perhaps it was a time when a relative was sick and friends brought blankets and pillows to the house or hospital. By remembering and telling these stories to others, you’ll reconnect with the amazing acts of generosity you’ve experienced in your life. Say a prayer of praise and gratitude for the times you’ve experienced generosity.
- Choose to serve: There are a variety of opportunities, big and small, to make a difference in the lives of others. Check the church calendar or step up and suggest ways that individuals, families and friends can extend generosity beyond the walls of the church.
- Choose to be grateful: Take time to tell your dad, mom or someone who is a mentor: “You’ve given me so many gifts. Like the ability to _____________, and the confidence to _______________. Thank you.”
- Choose to give: We should give because it is a reasonable response to all God has done for us. To give is not to throw money away, but rather to invest it for a staggering return! Generously giving of our money, time, and gifts helps us put feet and actions to our words.
Yes, thanks to God, we are truly hard-wired to be generous. We want to give back, but it’s not an automatic response. It’s an intentional part of our lives.
Questions for further thought:
How will you choose to show generosity today, this week and this month at home and at work?
Where have you seen Jesus at work through the generosity of others?