Generosity is never subject to how much we have.
We do not measure generosity by amounts, volume, or conditions.
We measure it through our willingness to help and to give to others.
We define generosity as; a readiness or liberality to give, donate, or freely share our resources.
Generosity is a game-changer. Few realize this.
Some believe generosity is a hyper-faith philosophy of life. However, generosity is never about how much we have gathered, but how much we have given.
Generosity is not a moment or event, but a lifestyle.
- a generous attitude
- being generous with our time
- freely offering our talents
- sharing our treasure
All of us have time, talent, and treasure to share. But some buy into the selfish philosophy of “get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the can,”
Others say “give” and life will give back. This is what the Bible calls sowing and reaping. Another way to say it is; what goes around, comes around and that’s true.
But everyone doesn’t believe. Do you?
- The most generous (by percentage) are those that are the least prosperous.
- The wealthiest donate less than 2 percent to charity.
Winston Churchill wisely said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Have you noticed how generosity inspires people? People get excited when they hear of generous people giving large sums of money to others.
This builds our faith and releases hope. If we really believe generosity is a game-changer; Why are we so reluctant to give?
Giving USA.com validates our reluctance
Giving numbers for 2018.
↓ Giving to religion is estimated to have declined by 1.5% (a decrease of 3.9% adjusted for inflation), receiving $124.52 billion in contributions.
↓ Giving to education is estimated to have declined by 1.3% (decreasing 3.7% adjusted for inflation), to $58.72 billion.
= Giving to human services is estimated to have stayed relatively flat, decreasing by 0.3% (a decrease of 2.7% adjusted for inflation), totaling $51.54 billion.
↓ Giving to foundations is estimated to have decreased by 6.9% (declining by 9.1% adjusted for inflation) to $50.29 billion, based on data provided by Candid.
= Giving to health organizations is estimated to have had a flat growth of 0.1% (a decline of 2.3% adjusted for inflation) at $40.78 billion.
↓ Giving to public-society benefit organizations decreased by an estimated 3.7% (decreasing 6.0% adjusted for inflation), to $31.21 billion.
= Giving to arts, culture, and humanities is estimated to have stayed relatively flat, increasing 0.3% (declining 2.1% adjusted for inflation) to $19.49 billion.
↑ Giving to international affairs is estimated to have increased by 9.6% (an increase of 7.0% adjusted for inflation), to $22.88 billion.
↑ Giving to environment and animal organizations is estimated to have increased by 3.6% (an increase of 1.2% adjusted for inflation), to $12.70 billion.
Despite an incredible economy, our giving is down across the board. So giving is truly an exception. Even in great economic times.
Generosity is rare
Few of us have learned the value of giving. Maybe we have never suffered from lack. The best way to learn the benefit of giving to others is to experience someone meeting our need. Especially when we have a desperate need.
We learn the joy of giving by having known the joy of receiving.
Eye-opening for sure.
Whatever we are grateful for, we are generous towards
Generosity follows the channel of gratefulness. If we are grateful for our car, we are generous to care for it. If we are grateful for our mom and dad, we are generous toward them. If we are grateful for our non-profit or religious organization, we are generous.
Generosity is not a guessing game. Have you ever gone to lunch with a friend and thought who’s paying the tab? The poser always acts as though they will pay. However, the generous just do it. And leave a generous tip.
Generous people live an intentional life. They step up and share, always. They create a contagion.
Generosity is contagious
Extravagant acts of generosity startle the world. When others see acts of generosity, it inspires them to replicate and take action.
Are you stingy or generous?
We can tell. We just do lunch.
Are you paying the tab?
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