How to grow more joyful in your generosity
Are you ready to grow more joyful in your generosity? Giving can become a chore or an inconvenience. It’s not meant for either. In this next section of the Live LIGHT Manifesto we look at how to grow more joyful in your generosity
I Live Generous Joyfully.
Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6–7
We’re told throughout Scripture and the life of the Early Church that we need to be generous. Do you want to know how to grow more joyful in your generosity?
3 questions to grow more joyful in your generosity
God is generous towards us. He has filled the world with His abundance. His grace knows no limit. His righteousness endures forever.
We are to be like our Father who sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. Our generosity of time and finances reflect his generosity to us.
So how do you grow joyful in your generosity. Here are three reflective questions to help you do just that.
Print off a copy of these questions and keep it by your bed so it’s the first thing you see every morning.
Ask yourself these questions and contemplate them as you start your day.
Do it for 62 days. After that it should become a habit.
Grow more joyful in your generosity with these 3 questions
1. Who can I serve today?
2. What are three things I feel thankful for today?
3. How can I be generous today?
Unpacking the questions
1. Adam Grant in his book called “Give and Take” states people who help others out consistently not only feel happier, but are actually more successful. I encourage you to bless 3 people a week. It could take 5 minutes or an hour. There are measurable benefits to service that you don’t want to miss.
2. Feel the thankfulness. That’s the key for us to grow. Don’t do a rote list of things you should be thankful for. What do you FEEL thankful for? Take some time to feel it and appreciate it.
3. Generosity can be in our time and finances. Maybe you want to be a better tipper. Perhaps you want to be fully present in the time you spend with your family. Maybe there’s opportunity you haven’t thought of before?
Jesus said we can’t do our good deeds to be noticed by others. Our motives matter in the Kingdom. Be sure you’re being generous to bless other people, not to make a name for yourself. If you do that latter, Jesus said that will be the only reward you get.
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do — blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:1–4 (NLT)
Use this simple tool to grow more joyful in your generosity. If you want more personalized help to grow more joyful in your generosity AND discover how to amplify it in your life check out the coaching programs I’m currently offering https://revtrev.com/coaching