Search This Blog

Subscribe By Email

Get Blog Posts Sent by Email

About This Blog

How to Comment on Blog Posts

The spot for the good news, the good word, the quick reports of the many, many wonderful news items I hear all the time and want to share with the rest of you. Expect to find the good news when you come to check out "what’s the good word?"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Generosity

Generosity is a condition of mind; a state of being, an approach to living. It is not a law; in fact it has the potential to go far beyond the limits of what might be required in a set of rules or laws. Generosity is from the heart.

The debate about the difference between generosity and tithing always reminds me of the story about a homeless man who found a new relationship with God and wanted to do something in return. He decided to pay tithing, and promised that 10% of all he earned would go to help others. Since he had only $10.00 at the time, his tithe seemed easy and he was happy to give his tenth. At that point, the man was also very generous.

Time went on and the man’s fortunes changed. He had opportunities that led to him becoming financially successful, and eventually wealthy. He continued to tithe, but somehow lost the spirit of generosity. Finally he sought out the Bishop who had brought him to Christ in the first place. “Bishop, you’ve got to get me out of that promise,” the man said. “Tithing is now costing me over a million dollars a year. I can’t afford that!” The Bishop thought for a moment, and then said, “Well there is nothing I can do about your promise, that’s between you and God, but I’ll tell you what I can do. I can ask God to reduce your income back down to $10.00, and then you won’t have to pay so much!”

Encourage your generous heart today.

No comments:

Post a Comment