Generosity

You Will Harvest What You Plant 

This rule of generosity is quite simple, yet many times it seems to be overlooked by most people.  “Do not be

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deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…”lxiv 

Many people don’t believe that the law of sowing and reaping works.  There are those who will mock this truth.  We live in a period where people are so interested in themselves that they refuse to look at the evidence.   

The Need For God 

One of our world’s greatest needs is the ability and desire to share God.  In order for you to take hold of all that

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generosity has to offer, you must share God with every person you encounter. Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.xlvi  I am not talking about pushing your beliefs on others, which will actually have the opposite effect on people than what you should be striving for.  Don’t be pushy!  Simply learn to share by the life you lead.  Share by example!  Live your life in such a way that people see the positive results you achieve.  They will take note of it and that’s when they will begin to ask questions. 

The Two Seas In Israel 

It is obvious that those who give more, naturally receive more, but why? 

I like to use an example comparing the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea to illustrate why this is so.  Imagine, for a

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moment, that the Dead Sea represents both takers and keepers.  Imagine also, that the Sea of Galilee represents givers. 

If you were to observe the Dead Sea, you would notice that the scenery is ugly.  The atmosphere is harsh and the shores are barren.  The water is not able to sustain life and cannot quench thirst. 

Three Types of People

I have identified three types of people.  Most people fall into one of the following categories concerning their generosity: 

  1. Takers 
  1. Keepers 
  1. Givers 

I have also seen the effects of these particular lifestyles on the results people get in all areas of life.  “The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others – ignoring God – harvests a crop of weeds.  All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds!  But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.”xl 

What Is Generosity?

When people think about the topic of generosity what usually comes to mind is money.  More specifically, their money and what they need to give away.  Generosity certainly includes money and how much of your money you give away to help others.  That is only a small part of generosity though.

Yes, generosity is much more than giving away money.  Generosity is about time, talent, knowledge, wisdom, faith and just about anything else that you may possess.  In fact, you are very unlikely to become financially successful unless you learn to be generous in all areas of your life.

Thoughts

 

Living

I choose to live differently… Because living like everyone else is easy… God Bless Michael at R2W

Smart Work 

Next, I would like to discuss smart work.  The most important thing to remember, about what we call smart work, is to have a plan.  I have found far too many people who do not make a plan for the work that they do to compliment the rest of their lives.   They spend their days working, …

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Movement 

It seems silly to be discussing general movement, as a way to maintain health, but it really is not.  Some of us have become so accustomed to minimizing our movement on a daily basis that when we finally embrace a program like this, where physical activity is encouraged, it may take some time to get …

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Communication With Your Family 

The importance of communication is frequently talked about with regards to successful relationships, sadly however, failure to communicate is very common in families today.  The problem lies in the fact that there is so much pressure placed on families by society.  We are told how we should act and what we should do.  Everybody is trying to …

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What Success Isn’t 

Before defining what real success is, it is important to discover what success is not.  The world and our troubled society have had a lot to do with most people’s current definition of success.  If you were to take a field trip to your local mall and stand at one of the entrances, you would get …

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Your Greatest Victories

You will experience your greatest victories when you make the hardest choices. When you choose to face your biggest fears. When you choose to make amends for your biggest mistakes. When you choose to forgive those who hurt you the most. What will you choose? God Bless Michael at R2W

Starting with The Basics 

The best place to start on your prepping journey is at the beginning. This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s really not. I meet and speak with so many people who have no idea where to begin. It can be a little bit overwhelming when looking at all that needs to be accomplished in …

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Honest Work 

Let’s begin with honest work.  This, to some of us, seems like a “no-brainer.”  Work has been with us from the beginning of time and it always will be.  “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”cvi 

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