Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Generosity

We have many incredible neighbors.  Directly next door is a family with two older elementary boys.  At least once a month, we find a grocery bag on our front porch from them FULL of toys, clothes, shoes, and games for the boys.  Rather than selling those clothes and toys that their boys have grown out of, they generously gift them to us.  Over 80% of the toys and about 40% of the boys' clothes and shoes are from them.   
 
To be generous is not only to simply meet the needs of another, but to benefit and bless another ABUNDANTLY.  It is not generosity unless one sacrifices and gives more than what another may need.  Our neighbor's generosity is exactly this...one of sacrifice and abundance!
 
God's Word teaches that,
 
"A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."  Proverbs 11:25
 
This is an incredible nugget of wisdom!  When we are generous with others we refresh them and ourselves.  Refresh in the Hebrew means to lavish upon, to satisfy, to quench.  Furthermore, when we are generous with others, they are blessed with abundance and we prosper.  Prosper in the Hebrew literally means to be fat, well fed, rich.  Fat animals were considered to be the healthiest; therefore the concept of prosperity was associated with fatness.  Our motive for generosity musn't be for our own refreshment and prosperity, rather our motive should be obedience to God.  However, Scripture is clear that with obedient generosity comes satisfaction and riches (both in a variety of forms) from our Heavenly Father!
 
With what can we teach our children to be generous? 
 
Their...
  • Money
  • Possessions
  • Time
  • Friendship
  • Words
  • Relationships
  • Affection (appropriately)
  • Hearts--Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness, Love
 
Let's pray the following today:
 
Lord, may my children see and be refreshed by the generosity of others.  May they also demonstrate ABUNDANT generosity to this world through words and actions and THUS, experience the blessings YOU bestow of prosperity and refreshment.
Proverbs 11:25 

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