Day 31: We’re Called to Serve Together – By Being Generous With Each Other

Point to Ponder: You have more to share than you realize.
Verse to Remember: “…make up your own mind what you will give… God loves it when the giver delights in giving.” — II Corinthians 9:7 (Msg.)
Question to Consider: How attached are you to your possessions? Do you own them or do they own you?
[Read More] thoughts on Day 31 of Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Community about the roots of generosity.

What does it mean to be a generous person?

I know it must involve more than merely money. Frankly, I give a lot of money away, but I don’t think I quite have the generous spirit Rick talks about today. Charitable donation, for me, is usually more a matter of habit and duty, plus a reflection of the fact that money is not all that important to me.

It seems like having a generous heart requires the interplay of two underlying beliefs:

* Happiness comes more from blessing others rather than indulging myself
* I live in a world of abundance, not scarcity

Interestingly, I have an easy time believing that is true about money — perhaps due to my father, bless his heart. On the other hand, the corresponding disbelief (at an emotional level) may explain why I have hard time being similarly generous with my time, attention, or emotions (which, again, may say something about my father :-).

In that context, Rick’s admonition is well-heeded: I do have more to share than I realize.

Prayer: Father, teach me to live in your universe, of abundance, generosity and blessing. Retrain my emotions and my attitudes, so that I may react to other people out of Your heart, and Your reality. Free me from fear and isolation, that I may experience the blessedness of blessing others. In Jesus name, Amen.