I’ve been thinking today about what it means to be generous.
With my time. With my money. And with my heart.
When it comes to my time, I am both super busy, and not busy at all. As a stay-at-home mom, I am “working” twenty-four/seven watching the boys. At this stage of my life, I don’t feel like I have much time to give outside of my family to do acts of service. On the other hand, on days when I’m home, I often long to go out and DO things. So I ask myself: How can I be generous in my community as a stay-at-home mom? Maybe I can open up my home to host play dates for moms and kids who need friends. My boys and I can deliver meals to new moms and flowers to the hospitalized friends from our church. I just have to get creative.
As for money, I know I hang onto it a little tightly. My husband is a student still, and we manage by living off of his part-time jobs. I make excuses for us that we’re just getting by financially, so how can we give to others? But God is constantly spreading the message that if we give generously and unselfishly, He will take care of us.
2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
I challenge myself, and I challenge you, to go one step farther with giving. There will be enough left over.
Lastly. . . my heart. As a mom and a wife, I am giving a lot of myself every day. I am learning how to “die to self” daily and put my sons’ needs before my own. (This is really tough!) I wonder—how can I give more than that? The answer is—I have so much good in my life. I have more than what I need. And since my cup runs over, I can give freely to others outside of my family. Our hearts have this large capacity—this amazing ability—to grow and to love more and more. I hope that our kids grow up to see Steve and I model generosity to others so that they will in turn become generous young men.
Where are you being generous in your life? What might be keeping you from giving to your community with your time and money and self?