(This is Part 4 in the series Christmas Gifts Money Can’t Buy. Read Part 3 here.)
I have a friend who spontaneously gives away, on average, two $100 bills per month. It’s part of his generosity cadence. I’ll explain.
A Generosity Cadence
When I grew up I was routinely reminded by parents that it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). I think they were trying to teach me some genuine spiritual principles, and I think they were trying to hush me up at times. So I reluctantly engaged in some generosity efforts.
Later, when I made a faith commitment, I knew that generosity was a requirement, so I took additional steps. For sure there were many positives as I learned to give regularly and, at times, sacrificially. I saw that as I gave I was also provided for, sometimes in uncanny ways. I could see my tax-deduction statements and the end of the year and know I’d done my part.
When There’s No Tax Deduction Involved
But there was also a subtle shift happening in my soul which went like this: “I’m not going to be generous unless there is a tax deduction involved.” Hmmm… It was true. And my spontaneously generous friend is helping me away from that shift. I’ve seen him subtly gift a couple of people–one who was serving us breakfast, another was a guy who had just received some bad news and needed some encouragement.
My friend said this: “If you want to be generous, you need to be prepared to be generous. That’s why I carry those bills with me.” It’s made him a better person, a happier person–and it’s blessed others in need. “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart, also.” (Matthew 6:21). Move the treasure, move the heart. Be prepared for when the Spirit moves you. I want this to become a more regular part of my journey.
So, there’s another gift that money can’t buy. Spontaneous generosity makes us–and our world–better. Merry Christmas.