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.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Christmas Message was a Generous One

All month we have been celebrating Christmas with our family through evening readings, singing, treats and the advent candles and calendar. As we have done that we have interacted with most of the players in the Christmas story as they have heard the Good News of Immanuel - God with us.

As we reflect on all of those encounters with the message of hope that Jesus was either on His way or already arrived, the number and variety of times God chose to share this news is striking.

God did not hide His Son away. He was not stingy with those He shared the news. He shared freely . . . grandly . . . generously!

Let's just think for a minute about some of the instances of God's generosity:
  • He made Himself known to the wise men far away with enough notice to travel all the way to Bethlehem
  • His angel appeared to Mary and Joseph to explain this amazing journey they were about to participate in.
  • A multitude of angels came to the shepherds to announce the birth.
  • God prepared the heart of Simeon who waited in the courts of the Temple for the Messiah to make Himself known.
These are just a few examples and we could go on and on for pages if we included all of the amazing prophecies in the Old Testament that foretold the coming Messiah.

What stands out is how generous God was with the Good News. He truly wanted the world to know and was intentional about His communication to us. Let us take time this Christmas to thank Him for this wondrous gift!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Found: One Generous Mind at the Dentist’s Office

Going to the dentist’s office doesn’t seem like it would be a time to witness generosity. Fear, dread and anxiety, yes, but not generosity. But every time we go to our dentist, they are truly looking out for our best. Whether it’s trying to find whether we qualify for a discount or sending us home with a plate of special food they had from celebrating a birthday, they are giving by nature.

The generosity does not stop there. The most generous mind in the office is the dental hygienist. Most of the time, the hygienist working in your mouth is not concerned about your mind. They work in your mouth, making sure it is as clean as they can reasonably get it. But this lady is truly interested in letting you know all about your teeth. She gives you helpful tips about how to work with your kids on good tooth-habits, and explains why things are the way they are in regards to your teeth.

No matter what profession you are in, you can be a generous mind. Most of the time we think about the teacher or author, but we can all care about what another person knows and understands. We can enrich each other’s lives by sharing what we know. But most importantly, being a generous mind can be a form of loving one another.

When was the last time you shared what you knew with someone else? What was your motivation? Do you think God was using you to love the other person?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Value: Humility

Humility is a dangerous virtue to value—at least it’s dangerous to talk about it. As soon as you do, you realize how much you have to grow in that area and it’s out there for all to see! But it’s still important to being a generous mind and hence I write this post in spite of my reservations.

If you want to hear from God, it’s important to be humble. Psalm 25:9 says, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (NIV) How I need to know what is right and understand his way! Without understanding, life can seem like a muddled mess.

But it’s more than just for my personal benefit. When I am humble and learn from God, I can share those lessons with others. Words are such a powerful force. I remember times in my life when I did not have the resources to reach out to God on my own, but someone came along and spoke truth into my life. The words were healing to me—exactly what I needed to hear.

Matthew 11:25-26 (NIV) says, “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.’”

Children want to share. “Look, Daddy,” they say and, “Mom, watch me!” They spend endless minutes recounting the last show they watched or the intricate plot of the book they read. They want you to know. They have both the humility to learn from God and the internal drive to share it with others.

Our Savior also had the humility to learn from the Father and share it with us. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

How do you think humility helps in the learning and sharing process?