Gratitude and generosity go together. If you think about it though, you can have gratitude without generosity but you can not be truly generous without gratitude.
I love the image of these cups, one being full and flowing to the others. That is how I imagine generosity, you focus on gratitude and then your cup is full and overflows to the people around you.
In every way I’ve shown you that it is necessary to help the weak by laboring like this and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, because he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 CSB
The scripture reminds us that it truly is more blessed to give than receive and we have to remember that we can’t give something we don’t have. I believe that by having gratitude that will lead to us having a generous spirit and the ability to give generously.
I went through an emotional training program called The Road Adventure. My friend Rich is the one that sponsored me through it. He wrote a book that speaks to this topic. The Gratitude Effect by Rich Cavaness. He talks about many things but the two that pinged my heart the most were in chapter 5 when he talks about why being grateful makes such a difference and then in chapter 12 when he talks about paying it forward.
This is a beautiful example of how gratitude and generosity are perfectly tied together.
This blog talks about how to live out of a generous spirit. The key points they mention are:
1. Be generous with yourself
2. Be generous with your time
3. Be generous with your words
4. Be generous with your network
5. Be generous with your wealth
You have probably heard the question of is the glass half full or half empty. I’d like to suggest that we may be addressing the wrong question. The real question is, is it refillable? Yes, it is. When we know that our “cup” is refillable then we can operate out of a mindset of abundance and not scarcity. We can willingly be generous because we know our cup will be refilled.
Research shows that generous people see the world differently. This article shares 9 ways that this is true, very much worth the quick read.
Generosity is tied to all of our relationships. Here are some questions for you to consider this week:
- How generous is God with you, and how much are you generous with God?
- How generous are you with others, how generous do you let others be with you?
- How generous are you with yourself?
Looking at the answers for those questions, what is one thing you can do to improve your generosity with God, others or yourself this week?
Schedule a “get to know each other” Zoom meeting!
Playlists — music can change your mood, enjoy some of the songs that encourage me.
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