The true spirit of generosity
4 November 10
The true spirit of generosity is one in which we give thoughtfully and freely — without asking or expecting anything in return. It’s harder to do than it appears, but the good news is that it’s contagious.
Did you hear about the 93 dollar club? One random act of kindness that paid for a stranger’s groceries has led to over $100,000 being given to a food charity! It’s so inspiring to hear how generosity spreads, and I hope to ignite some of that in my blog readers.
I love giving gifts. But I don’t always do it well.
Sometimes I am not thoughtful, and I offer presents that are something I like, but I haven’t properly thought about the recipient. When I take the time to investigate what the recipient likes, it demonstrates that I truly love them. For not only have I invested my dollars into the present, but I have invested time and consideration into the relationship.
Other times I give with an ulterior motive. I give in order to receive. Or I give because I feel obligated. The only way that I can truly give unselfishly is if I do not expect anything in return, and this sort of heart-change is something that the Father does in me. It’s not something about myself that I can change by force.
I’ve been thinking about gift-giving — not because it’s approaching Christmas — but because I’ve been deliciously anticipating the opportunity to give away some of my favourite things. I needed an excuse, and my four year blogiversary is enough of a milestone for me to start handing out the goodies. But I wanted to offer these giveaways unselfishly and thoughtfully.
So later this month, I’ll be offering some of my favourite things as giveaways to my worldwide blog readers — in the true spirit of generosity. I’ll be offering you presents — for free — and you’ll get to pass them on to someone who will appreciate them.
Here are the guidelines.
Be thoughtful. Think about someone you know who would appreciate the giveaway.
Be unselfish. To enter the giveaway, you need to nominate a recipient. That recipient cannot be you or a member of your household.
Tell me a story. I’ll be telling you my story about why the giveaway is one of my favourite things. To enter the giveaway, tell me a story about the recipient (first names only), and why you think that they’ll love the giveaway too.
Leave a comment. Write your little story about the recipient. Make sure you leave your email address (which is not visible) so I can get in touch with you if you win.
Be timely. The giveaways close on December 3rd, which means that I should be able to post everything off to the recipients at the beginning of December. So make sure you leave a comment this month.
Wait and pray. If we choose to award you with the giveaway, I’ll contact you for your address details. If you don’t win, you will have a great idea for a thoughtful gift for your nominated recipient.
Give freely. So if you win, you get to wrap up the giveaway and pass it on as a gift from your heart to the person you love. If you don’t win, you’ll have the opportunity to give the item from your heart and your wallet.
If you have any questions about the guidelines, please ask. I’ll be referring back to this post to remind you of the guidelines with each giveaway.