Generosity

Have you been inspired by people who make large gifts to worthy projects, large enough to merit your name being listed at the top of the donors?

I have not wanted to make large donations for the notoriety, for if I think for a moment, I would not want to have to continually turn down other requests for other projects. Nor would I want my donations to come with strings that would bind the project for such strings would also bind me.

Once when I received an unexpected inheritance, I split a portion of it among three worthy projects anonymously. I don’t know if my gifts made a significant impact with those organizations, but the giving was significant for me.

When I started this blog, I wrote for others, to attract people to the congregation I serve and to my website. But when I began writing simply for myself, I gained more readers, and greater satisfaction.

It has taken me half a lifetime to realize that it is in giving that we receive and that gifts should not be measured against other people’s gifts, but against how well we have developed the gifts that God has entrusted to us.

“At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient
. . . only the universe rearranging itself.”

— Jon Kabat-Sinn in Wherever You Go, There You Are.

Everything belongs to the Lord your God,
not only the earth and everything on it,
but also the sky and the highest heavens.
— Deuteronomy 10:14 (CEV)

How have you developed gifts entrusted to you to rearrange the universe to advance the Kingdom of God?

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