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

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Generosity isn't Hard but it is on Purpose

Many times we view generosity as something difficult. We assume that something generous must be significant and costly. Of course, generosity never comes cheap and always costs us time, effort, etc. However, sometimes you can do simple little things to be generous.

In these days of social media tools, simply taking the time to put your content on a site that is designed to share your ideas is an act of generosity. Many people develop their idea but then simply put it on their blog or their web site. This may get some interaction and benefit a very particular group of people, but by putting that same powerpoint or whitepaper on Scribd or Slideshare you can engage a very different group of people with your idea.

It's not hard but it does take intentionality. You have to set up the account, select the resources you want to share and then post them. Let me give you an example. We work with Global Mapping International (GMI) to engage leaders with ways to use Operation World as they lead others in prayer. We were developing resources to help leaders and putting them on the GMI Web site. This was driving great traffic from people who were connecting with those resources. But then we decided to put those same resources on Scribd. What happened was amazing. We were able to get those resources to a completely new group of thought leaders (over 500 reads so far) that probably had never heard of GMI.

What small things can you do to exponentially grow your generous mind? Don't think big, think little and watch how those small efforts grow!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

What I should have done with my sick day

Yesterday I was sick . . . I didn't sleep well and that just added to the misery. So there I was in bed on a beautiful Colorado Spring day . . . sick.

There were limited things I could have done, being miserable and all, but I wasn't completely out of it. Actually my brain was working overtime thinking of all the things I had wanted to do that day. I had deadlines to make, emails to write, etc. So I spent much of the day worried about what I could not do and trying to do just a little of it without allowing myself to feel even worse. But towards the end of the day, I started to think about what I should have done with my sick day.

In reality, sick days are unplanned moments when life has to stop because our bodies require it. They provide a way for us to slow down and a chance to process. As I debriefed my sick day experience, I realized that I should have used that time to listen to God, ask questions about how I am spending my time and consider ideas that I have not taken the time to process. If I had done this, I would have come out of my sick day with new insights. Instead, I came out of it just one day behind.

This lesson is my only insight from a day in recovery. Could there have been more? I'm sure there could have. So next time you are sick, look at the day as a chance to restock your Generous Mind with ideas and insights to share with others.