Why No One Is Ever Truly Giving

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We’re never truly giving.The truth is that whenever we give, we’re always getting something in return.  Generosity is not a zero-sum game, no matter how it may look to us at times.All too often, we think that if we give to someone else we’ll be left with less than what we had before. When we’re giving money, it’s easy to make that case based on what we see remaining in our wallets or bank accounts. When we give of our time, we can measure the opportunity costs for everything else we might … [Read more...]

What if God Asked You to Give Away Your Favorite Toy?

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When you were a child, did you have a favorite toy? Was there one that meant more to you than others? Maybe it meant more because a special relative had given it to you. Perhaps the toy meant more because of the memories associated with it. Or maybe it meant more because you had purchased it with your own money.For whatever reason, it became your favorite, one that would be difficult to give away even if God asked.For me, it was baseball cards. The Gift I Gave I know, technically, … [Read more...]

Why We Love to Give but Hate to Love

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Why do you love to give? Let's face it, we can all have some pretty suspicious motives for giving sometimes.For some of us, it's just a tax deduction. For others, it's a sense of satisfaction for ourselves that we're helping somebody else. Still others might give just to look good doing it. [See Can It Ever Be Wrong to Be Generous]When we give money or resources,  no one really knows our motives. It's a lot harder to conceal our motives when we actually have to do something with someone … [Read more...]

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

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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?

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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...]

Can It Ever Be Wrong to Be Generous?

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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

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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

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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...]


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