Are you a Generous Mind?

Are you a Generous Mind? If you are intrigued by the idea, this is a place to explore what it means to you. Our blog focuses on helping you to learn what it means to be generous with what you know. You will find helpful tips and encouraging examples that will inspire you to release your ideas to the world! Find out more at www.generousmind.com.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Generous Vibrations

One of the most interesting things about generosity is that it sprouts more of the same. Take an example from our recent Generous Mind Conversation. Our act of sharing this critical information has produced many other generous people anxious to share it with people they know. So generosity breeds generosity as people see that something is validated and immediately think of someone else that should know it or experience it.

What are the implications of these reverberations? That means that if you take the time to be generous you will actually be empowering someone else with the ability to be generous themselves.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Generous Mind Conversation is Live

We are excited to announce that our first Generous Mind Conversation is live.

To read the article go to: http://www.momentum-mag.org/200603/200603-36-article3.pdf

This article is a conversation between 4 ministry professionals (a doctor, a psychologist, a missiologist and a ministry practitioner on the ground in Asia) about what effective ministry might look like in the face of a pandemic.

This article takes a different look at how to prepare for a pandemic and also challenges people to look at the occurence of something like Avian Flu as an opportunity for God's light to shine.

Please read the article and let us know what you think. We want to thank Momentum Magazine for their partnership.

Friday, March 17, 2006

I just makes sense

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
Gertrude Stein

We are so overloaded with information that the basic reality of life is allowed to slip away. It is never wrong to help a neighbor - but if you throw enough facts, figures and arguments at the situation an excuse will arise.

Being a Generous Mind does not mean helping to create this cacaphony of information. Generosity is not measured by quantity in God's eyes. It is measured by quality. That is a hard idea for us to get around. It isn't about how many ideas I share, but about the value of those ideas to the people I shared them with.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Validating Generosity

Every day we validate some things and devalue others. It happens without us even thinking. Today you might have seen two restaurants on the same street and picked one while regecting the other. Maybe you were flipping channels on the TV and you picked one sit-com while regecting another.

We also do this with people and their character. We validate some characteristics and devalue others. Our society puts aggressive leadership up on a pedistal but doesn't acknowledge humility much. There are millions of other examples.

Why do I talk about what we value?

Here is my question? Do your daily actions value generosity or do you devalue it with what you say and do. Do you encourage the generous or do you take the side of the greedy?

Your answer will impact what you support and what you regect. Think about it today!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

How to be generous first thing Monday morning

Its Sunday night and everyone is winding down their weekends. They are looking at the week ahead with many different emotions. You might be excited about new opportunities or dreading that unfortunate event. Whatever the case, it is a new week and you can be generous first thing.

Here are a few ideas:
1. Make your first email of the week a note to share something you thought of over the weekend.
2. Read the headlines and send at least one article to someone who should read it.
3. Go beyond the regular plesantries and really ask someone how their weekend was. Even go as far as sharing something you experienced.
4. Decide on Monday what you will do to share what you know this week. Then put it in your calendar to keep you accountable. Put in a reminder for Friday to make sure you did it.

Just a few ideas as each of you start your week. Remember each day is a new chance to be generous.