From the Inside Out - By Branden Côté
Generosity begins within you & flows to your family. Where it, in turn, impacts your friends & onto their families. It should encompass all things; our thoughts, our actions & our possessions. Generosity should not be seen from the perspective of obligation or duty. Rather out of intentionality, joy, compassion, hospitality & financial giving. As scripture directs us,
“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19
We are simply receivers of what already belongs to God. This in & of itself should be the catalyst for the inspiration adopting the attitude of generosity. Keeping this in mind as we strive to live a life of overflow to others, a transformation begins from the inside out. Below are a few critical questions that can serve as a meaningful starting point:
• Do I have a plan for supporting the organizations & causes my family cares about?
• What organizations am I currently serving?
• Why am I serving these organizations or supporting these causes?
• What attitudes & actions toward generosity have I observed in my own family?
• How are we cultivating gratitude as a family?
As I reflect back on where I first caught the principle of generous living, I am pointed back to my immediate family. Where it begins again within my own household today, from the inside out. Need to chat about how generosity in the context of your plan? Give us a call!