“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV
One of the greatest ironies of living a life of gratitude is:
The more grateful you are for what you have
The more generous you become with what you have
We live in a world that is constantly yelling at us to get more, do more, and be more and to never be satisfied until you have everything you want. They are constantly trying to sell us something.
“MORE!” the world yells, “You need MORE!”
“Don’t worry about taking care of what you have. If you break it, just throw it away and buy something new.”
“If you give it away, you will regret it.”
A life of gratitude says the opposite. It says:
“What I have is enough.”
“I should take care of what I have.”
“It’s okay to let go.”
Gratitude tells us to give more, serve more, and be more in order to help others be more too. It tells us to that we can let go because relationships are more important than things and serving one another adds meaning to life.
A heart of gratitude leads to a heart of generosity. We can give because we already have enough. We can serve because we have been given what we need to serve.
Spend today paying it forward. Buy someone a coffee. Pay for the meal of the people in line behind you or at the table next to you. Put together care kits for the homeless. Keep them in your car and pass them out when you see someone in need.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Write about a time when you gave generously.