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.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

You Don't Get to Choose the Setting

One of the things that is so basic about generosity is that you do not get to pick the time and place where it happens. That statement is probably a shocker to many of you. But think about it . . . if you pick the time or place to be generous with your ideas then who is in control? YOU!

One of the basic realities of generosity is that we loose control. Generosity requires that we forgo our agenda and submit to another person's agenda. That is why being on mission with God always leads to generosity. We are letting go of the control and giving God the opportunity to steer us into situations where we can share the ideas that He has put in our hearts.

This means that when God gives you a cool idea, you need to take three steps:
1. Thank God for giving you something so precious!
2. Prepare your mind to give it away when the Spirit leads.
3. When the opportunity arises, set aside everything else and share obediently.

But you have to prepare yourself intentionally or you will miss these opportunities.

So are you prepared to be generous with what God has given you, even if it is not on your terms?

Friday, August 06, 2010

Remembering what we give to cherish what we recieve

"A generous man forgets what he gives & remembers what he receives." Unknown (to me)

You know how something sounds good at first and then as you process it more you begin to get more and more uncomfortable with it? I think that is what happened with this quote. As I think about generosity, I am more and more convinced that what we recieve is valuable because of the sacrifice of what we have given. Unless we remember the effort it took to give up that which we loved - an idea, funds, time, etc. - how can we put what we recieve in perspective?

What do you think?