You might think about volunteering, giving away your old clothes, or donating money to charity. Those are a few common ways to be generous, but guess what. Generosity is more than a one time act of selflessness. Generosity is a lifestyle.
That’s right, you can weave generous thoughts and actions into your everyday life. How? By being willing to give and show love in every opportunity. Instead of constantly looking for ways to get what you want from others, look for ways to give to others as you go throughout your day.
- You can give a compliment to the barista pouring your coffee.
- You can take time out of your busy schedule to call a family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.
- You can treat your friend to lunch when she’s having a rough day.
- You can write a thank you note to the janitor who cleans your office every night.
The opportunities to show generosity are endless!
As you begin to live your life from a place of generosity, you will notice that life is increasingly generous toward you. When you give your time to others, you’ll notice that you have more time for yourself. When you give your resources to others, you’ll notice that others are more willing to share what they have with you. And, when you constantly give love, you’ll find that you receive love more and more from those around you.
It’s also important to remember that being generous shouldn’t depend on your circumstances. We shouldn’t only give to others when we have extra money or time, but we should be willing to give no matter what our financial or emotional status is in each moment. The ability to be generous isn’t dependent on what we have, but it is dependent on the state of our heart. When your heart is full of love and gratitude, you will find that it is easy to give no matter what you are going through.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” -- Luke 6:38
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