Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday! Generous
Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle, and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: Be Generous
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”-when you already have it with you.”-Proverbs 3:27-28
Principle: Be Generous Today
“Sorry sir, I have no money on me right now.” None whatsoever? Really? Did you even check your pocket, purse or wallet?
If you’re anything like me, you probably have rattled off an automatic “No” to a beggar who asked you for some “small change.” Sadly, I’ve often done so without first verifying whether I actually did or did not have money. Clearly, the issue for me was not the absence or presence of cash, but the condition of my heart towards the poor and needy.
Hebrew wisdom literature instructs us to be generous and to do so without procrastination. We must do good to each other, in words as well as in action, especially if you have the capacity to build others up with kind acts of grace.
Money. Tools. Kitchen appliances. Clothes. Maybe, even your vehicle! Our hearts get tested when requests are made of us to part with things we treasure. Whether it is a short-term loan or a permanent donation, we can feel challenged by those who want access to what we own.
While there are healthy boundaries to be drawn when it comes to lending, the truth is that our world, especially now, is thirsty for generous hearts. Fires, storms, floods and a global pandemic have created myriad needs. Add to that the fact that it’s Christmas time, the season of giving. The next time you are inclined to say “No”, check first. Both your heart and your pockets.
Practical: Be Generous Everyday
Especially if you own or drive your own vehicle, pack extra things to give away as go from place to place. You probably own more things than you need.
If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.