Generosity Isn’t About How Much Money You Have
By Amalya Campbell, 25 January 2017
You haven’t “made it” yet. You don’t command a hefty salary or carry a sizable bank balance. No silver spoons have ever landed in your mouth. Congratulations! You’re in generosity’s sweet spot.
Believe it or not, the best time to learn generosity is when we have less, not more. Why? When we have more, we also have more to lose—and so we cling to it tightly, fearful it might escape our grasp. Often, too, we tell ourselves we’ve earned our bounty or that we’re reaping the rewards of our own hard work, diligence and savvy money management. These attitudes keep us from practicing generosity.
Yet when the next paycheck is the only way we’ll make this month’s rent or keep the lights on, we see it as a godsend. Because it is. We whisper prayers of gratitude, we acknowledge God’s guiding hand, and we recall that all we have is a gift. We are grateful, and gratitude is the birthplace of generosity.
Amalya Campbell champions generosity. Harvard MBA, co-author of â€œLove Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real Worldâ€ with LaSalle Street Church pastor Laura Truax, and follower of Jesus…