For some of us, our inability to live generously is not as a result of lack but ignorance
If you take a moment to ponder over this, you would come to see that there is indeed some truth to the statement above. Most times we are just not sensitive enough to the plight of others, and do not make a conscious effort to think about people other than ourselves.
If this picture painted here somewhat depicts your disposition to others, it doesn’t automatically mean that you’re a bad person or that you are selfish, even though amateur research has shown that there is a rather thin line between putting self first and being selfish.
As our faces are different, so also are our needs
People experience life and its tribulations in varied degrees, therefore, your lowest point might be another folk’s highest achievement. Don’t be quick to resolve that you can’t help a person considering you haven’t solved any/all of your problems.
It might not cost an arm and a leg to change the fate of a kith and kin, or to establish a beacon of hope in that family by merely training a child through school. I know many-a-times, I have considered helping someone and thought to myself that I might not be able to afford it, or be consistent at it. Why? Because I already have an idea of how my life should play out, what certain things should cost and I am usually inclined to extend that same quality of help to others, but in truth, they would be more than grateful for the opportunity, regardless of cadre.
Nothing beats giving another person a fighting chance at life; a focal point, from whence to take off – Meka
I shouldn’t fail to point out that this post was birthed in church yesterday and sermons like this are part of the reasons I love Family Worship Centre, Abuja (FWC). I was so moved by the sermon, and awed by how ignorant I had been in the past, so I thought to share it with you all.
Why are we called to generous living?
One major reason is because it is the nature of God to be generous, and our lives here on earth should reflect it; basically, that is what being a true Christian entails: Christ like.
Another good reason is because it brings about thanksgiving and blessings. We all know that the power of thanksgiving to God cannot be over emphasized. Why? Primarily because we have been instructed in the bible to do so and basically, for the logical ones amongst us, it brings about results.
It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from God, and without being grateful (thankful), we tend to become self centered and arrogant; alluding achievements to personal effort, and leaning solely on our own understanding.
How can we start to live generously?
This can be achieved by simply taking the initiative. You don’t have to wait for people to ask for help, instead try to be sensitive enough and meet them at the “point of their needs”
Remember praying to God number of times in the past to meet you at your point of need? Be that for someone else.
You have to really care about people or someone to know exactly where it bites the most.
Another good way to go about it is to expect nothing in return.
This is fundamentally because when expectations are not met, it can hamper the zeal to go on; It’d feel exactly like putting in so much effort and getting no commensurate results.
How to live generously?
If you never feel what you have is enough to begin with, it would be very hard to convince yourself that you can afford to think about anyone other than yourself.
You would keep thinking about your immediate expenses and making sure that your future is adequately taken care of.
Why are you allowing fear limit you from all you can do for God’s glory?
The Silver is mine, and the Gold is mine says the Lord of hosts
Do you see now that we are merely Caretakers/?
Let’s not forget that all we have is a gift from God and He blessed us for a reason; we were blessed and allowed to live a fruitful life, so that we can in turn be a blessing to a host of others.
We weren’t blessed just so we can hoard it and in turn, make sure that our families have more than they could possibly need.
*& if you feel you have nothing to give just yet and I mean things of monetary value, remember that God deposited a few intangible gifts that count just as much too: your time, your mind and God given talent.
This post has taken too long so I’m going to end it rather abruptly, with a quote from IDontKnowWho
If He is sure it would get through you, it would get to you.
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