Generosity

Giving Back For The Gift You Have Found

The question you are probably asking yourself: “Why should I share my success with other people?”  The answer is

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quite simple.  Every time you share with another person, you are taking a step to assure that you don’t slip back into your old lifestyle. 

Sharing your success is a great way to repay others and society, in general, for your past misdeeds and mistakes.  No, you can’t change the past, but by introducing someone to a better way of living, you are conveying the message that you care and that means a lot. 

How To Bring Out The Best In Others 

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As every successful person understands, achieving one’s own objective is simply not enough. Sooner or later, you realize that there is more to life than just achieving your own objectives. One of life’s greatest challenges and most rewarding responsibilities is to continually encourage others to live up to their potential! Regardless of if you are a business leader, friend, parent or spouse, one of the most important obligations you have is to lift others to new levels of success and help them live to their potential. If done properly, this can be made into a winning situation for all involved.   

Accept Generosity and Ask For Help 

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This often is an overlooked aspect of generosity.  If you live life with a spirit of generosity, then you have the right and obligation to accept generosity from others.  

Don’t forget to accept generosity from others. Many times, people who have learned to give have a difficult time with allowing others to do nice things for them. It is perfectly ok to accept someone else’s generosity, as long as you continue to do good for other people.  In fact, it is an obligation, because by accepting someone else’s generosity you are helping them to develop this critical trait. 

Being Generous Without Spending a Lot Of Money 

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A discussion of generosity always comes back to spending money and material things.  So, I am going to discuss those things now.  It is important to note, however, that there are infinitely many ways to be generous and spread good.  We will discuss these in a minute.  “For the love of money is the root of all evil which: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”lxxii   It is what you do with money that determines how God views it. A hundred dollars that is used to feed a poor family has a different value than a hundred dollars used to feed a drug habit. Money simply makes you more of what you already were before you had the money. If, before you had an abundance of money, you were generous, then an abundance of money will make you generous in abundance. If you were greedy, before having an abundance of money, then an abundance of money will make you greedier. Money shows where your heart really is. If you want to find out what type of person you are, then take a look at where you spend your money. 

Never Stop Giving 

You may hear other people talking about how giving “doesn’t work.”  You may begin to think these thoughts yourself. 

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You may even reach a point, where you begin to reason that you don’t have to give so much or that you have been giving long enough and deserve something.  If you allow yourself to adopt that pattern of thinking and begin to ease up on your giving, then all of your previous generosity would have been in vain.  Don’t ever stop planting seeds of generosity and giving.  I know from experience that: “The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference.  He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the later.”lxix 

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.