I hope you’re trying to put some of these weekly challenges into your everyday life. They are a terrific way to get your mind and you actions in line with this life of compassion. It just forces you to see the world a little different and that’s a good thing.
This week I’m asking you to be generous once a day.
Originally I wanted to say “be generous one a day to someone who you think doesn’t deserve it” but there were some problems with that.
What if someone you know was generous with you? Does that mean they think you don’t deserve it? How do you know if someone does or doesn’t’ deserve generosity?
It got a little messy.
There was however a reason I started with it worded that way.
Sometimes we hold back our generosity or are generosity is based on merit.
That person is trying so hard we should give them a hand.
Well I’m not going to help someone who isn’t even trying to help themselves.
They have lots, they don’t need me.
That person is so desperate I need to help them.
We test the validity of the request. We want to make sure they are deserving of our help. That they have earned our generosity somehow.
I didn’t want you to do that. I want you to be obedient to God’s call to be generous with all we have.
So once a day when the opportunity is presented we are just generous. It’s not about someone earning it or deserving it, it’s about grace. The chance to be generous is there and we just take it. We don’t hold back our generosity but we are generous with our generosity.
I know it’s strange to ask you to generous with your generosity but it’s true. We can be really strange about our generosity. Who can and can’t get it. Who does and doesn’t’ deserve it.
This week is simple.
Just be generous. No strings, no earning, no deserving, just generosity.