What do you want to be remembered for?
Seriously have you ever sat down and thought about what people are going to say at your funeral or the ‘good’ gossip about you while you’re alive?
I do, i think about it quiet frequently and whilst there are tons of things i want to be remembered for, giving is one of them.
I want to be a generous person.
This desire has led me to read the book The Generosity Factor By Ken Blanchard and Cathy (Founder of Chick-Fil-A)…. If you want to be a giving person i suggest you read it too (although a bit of annoying book to read the concepts and perspective it gives is totally worth the perseverence).
I am however going to share my personal insights on giving and the concepts the book shared with me.
Giving…. Sacrifice. It really goes hand in hand and if you want to understand it with a heavenly perspective we need to look at giving through Kingdom eyes.
First we need to understand that we have all received from God, everything we have our freedom ( if we have it), our possessions, time, money, our talents and abilities… Every single thing we have and are blessed with is is owned by God and has given to us by him. This understanding leads to several others.
It leads to the understanding that because he has given everything we need to us, infinitely more, and not because we deserve it… because we don’t… we deserve to go to Hell…because of all of this, His Grace, Mercy and Blessings it is extremely important that we thank him for it. Sounds simple. But when was the last time you thanked God? for anything? For simply existing? and the millions of other blessings he’s bestowed upon us .
Furthermore it leads us to give, because he gave, much like He calls us to forgive because we have been forgiven. Every single person on this planet can give, because they have received. Giving is not just in terms of money or dare i spreading awareness about a particular cause. We all are called to give and can give in four different ways which the book outlines for us:
- Treasure/ Money
When was the last time you reached someone need through your own personal talents God gave you? Or hugged someone , just because you love them? Look at the four ways you can give and try to remember the last time you did any of those four for the benefit of another person. I say all of this with extreme conviction of my heart.
For someone who wants to be a giving person i’ve been wasting my time, talents, treasures and affection on myself.
We also need to understand that generosity is an attitude. It is a way of going about life, looking for every opportunity to give selflessly for the benefit of another person. Blanchard states in his book “a thankful heart tends to be a generous one”. It is all apart of having a generous attitude. It’s a matter of the heart. If we are thankful for the things we have been blessed with and understand we do not own them ( including people) , it will lead us to open hands that are giving.
The book presented the question to me, do i want to be a successful person or a significant person?
Do you want to be a successful person or a significant person?
Someone who is significant is measured by their generosity , service and relationships. Those are the things that matter, those are the things that God cares about.
It is all a matter of HEART.
H- He Owns Everything : we need to remember this, what he giveth he may taketh away, and he has blessed us with everything we need and incredibly more
E- Everyday is an opportunity : We will always be presented with opportunities to give one, a combination of, or all of the 5 T’s
A- Action is required : It’s one thing to think about helping it’s another to act. Giving requires action , it is necessary
R- Remember your Blessings: You are always being blessed, and God has promised to provide what you need, remember that , and look for ways you can share your blessings with others
T- Thank God : It’s simple, He deserves it.
Giving is all a matter of the Heart. it’s an attitude, a condition….a condition i want to have and would hope you would also desire.
I’m going to leaver you with three M’s that the book gave me. It’s really three principles you and i should live our lived by,
Master: Recognize that God is in control of everything, blessings, life, circumstances. He in in contol of each and every life.
Mission: What’s your mission? What’s my mission? It may include skateboarding for Jesus, or raising and equipping leaders for ministry? Or empowering Girls? What is your mission? and how are you going to use you time, talents, treasures, and touch to achieve that?
Mate: a strange one , but important.. Who are you going to do life with? Who are you going to partner with to achieve the missions of your lives.Who are you going to be generous with? It’s an important decision Choose Wisely and Love Wisely.
These 3 M’s will be influential in you being a generous person.. in your heart having give-itis .
I will leave you with this:
“You will know by the sincerity of your generosity, by the joy you find in service, and by the selfless nature of your relationships. You will know by the depth of your changed heart”