The Secret to Living Generously


There is a secret to living generously -- but it's not an easy one to embrace.The secret lies in understanding the difference between broke and broken.Being broke means that we don't have money, or at least not as much as we think we need. Broke can be a relative term, of course, as we often hear of celebrities who made millions and are now "broke" as they continue to live in opulence.Being broken is different. Yet it is essential to living generously. You might call it the … [Read more...]

To Give or Not to Give — Is that Your Question?


Maybe it’s happened to you. You see someone on the street, looking as if life has kicked them around pretty hard. He’s got a cardboard sign summarizing his sad story. She has a haggard look that says more than any sign could. An extended hand, an empty hat, a pained look – all stir within you a desire to give.But should you?What if they’ll simply use your gift to support an addictive habit? What if they’re really scam artists? What if your gift will be squandered? What if _______? … [Read more...]

What Single Act of Kindness Has Most Inspired You?


It began with only one. It always begins with one.I sat beside a tranquil pond the other day. Planning. Plotting. Dreaming. An occasional fish flipped to the surface splashing after a buzzing bug.The usual summer stuff.And then it began.Somewhere around the edge of that still and stagnant pond, one frog croaked.Just one.It sounded awkward, uncertain. And lonely.But not for long.Over the next few minutes a few more more croaks joined in. Then more. Again. And a … [Read more...]

To All Those Christians Who Want Financial Freedom


Is financial freedom really all it’s cracked up to be?We hear a lot about it in both secular and religious circles. We go to conferences and watch entire channels that seem devoted to helping us achieve it -- in between commercials. We’re told that we should all be pursuing it. But what is financial freedom?And if we’re thinking biblically, should we want it?I’ve known many Christians who took extreme measures to achieve what they perceived to be financial freedom. They worked mul … [Read more...]

Can It Ever Be Wrong to Be Generous?


Imagine yourself in church this coming Sunday.The offering container comes your way and you slip in a check with a lot of zeroes -- to the left of the decimal. You sit back with a contented sigh when suddenly the music stops abruptly. You turn your eyes to the stage to see -- Jesus! And he's pointing at you.At first you think He must be pointing you out as an example of being generous, but then your face turns a deep crimson as you realize He's pointing you out as an example of how not … [Read more...]

How to Train Yourself to Be Generous

Gumball Machine

God is like giant gumball machine. At least it seems that way sometimes. We see the colorful blessings we want behind the rigid plastic. We find the right spot to put in our coin to make the request. And --pop! -- out it comes into our waiting hands.We've been able to train ourselves pretty well to expect to get what we want from God. But we don't seem to be all that eager to train ourselves to be generous with what He gives us.As I study Scripture, I see repeatedly that God is more … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Start Living Generously

Snow White

I can hear the dulcet tones of Snow White’s voice now as she twirls with the birds and assorted forest creatures. "Someday my prince will come, someday my – ."  You get the idea.Snow White lived each day hoping that someday, somehow, her dream would come true. Her prince would magically appear. Only then could she fulfill her destiny.That worked in the fairy tale. Sort of. Except for the whole poison apple, sleep-of-death stuff.But we can do the same thing when it comes to living gene … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Wear a Cape to Be a Generous Hero


It's true. You don't have to wear a cape to be a hero. That's good news for most of us Christ-followers who prefer to keep a lower profile.But when it comes to following Christ, the Apostle Peter reveals that doing heroic deeds is but the natural next step as we build on our faith.  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious an … [Read more...]