Generosity leads to charity and forgiveness.  So this weekend at church, there was this amazing message that was given on the importance of giving.

Before we went to church, my daughter, who is a volunteer with 3-4 yr. olds was telling me how much she loves to serve. She was describing to me how she feels “amazing” when working with the kids.

My pastor gave this pretty interesting description on his experience of going to the Dead Sea.

Generosity and Charity

The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest lakes in the world, and marine life usually can’t survive in it. The Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea, but there is no other outlet for the Dead Sea. Water is going in, but none going out.
He was creating an analogy in which those of us that don’t give, usually feel “dead” inside.

This might not make sense to some people, but I totally relate to what he was trying to say.
Growing up, I was not a giver. I just felt like whatever I got, I had to hold onto… And always felt that I wasn’t going to get anymore. I didn’t like to share with anyone.

But with maturity, and having God as a more present figure in my life, I have learned that giving is absolutely amazing. And I’m not talking about giving, with the intention of getting back from people. I’m talking about giving (whether that be money or time) with a cheerful and grateful heart… And understanding that nothing I have achieved could’ve been possible without God. So if it’s not mine to begin with, who am I to try to hold onto it anyways?

Generosity: Choosing the Life of Overflow

The more I start to understand that opportunities will always present itself to me, because it’s not for me to have more and hold onto, it’s for me to give back to others…the less anxiety I have about ever being in need for anything again.
I tell you guys that, because people think that business is strictly about hustling, grinding, and coming out with the next greatest and best idea.

That does play a big part, but there are principles that have been in place for thousands of years that haven’t changed.

Give whatever you have with a cheerful and grateful heart with no expectation of getting back. Trust me.. you will feel great about it.