Generosity Starts with Ourselves
In order to be generous we must be willing to look at ourselves. How we reflect on our own actions will inform how we are with other people. It is only when we are able to not pick on ourselves, jump on our failures, and criticize our faults that we can extend that same courtesy to others. This can be a difficult task in a world that highlights perfection as the standard. However, when we are able to be kind and generous with ourselves we can then give to others and be a blessing in their lives. Thus making giving, not getting, our habit and the pattern of our lives. In this way, life will become much easier to navigate.
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”
Luke 6:37-38 MSG
Considerations for your planner:
- How are you generous to yourself? Write down the ways you criticize others and see if maybe that is the way you criticize yourself.
A Prayer for Our Community:
Father, Help us to be kinder to ourselves. We need to learn to love ourselves the way You love us. We know that when we are able to love ourselves as You do we will be able to love those around us this way. Give us the strength to refrain from picking and criticizing. Instead help us to give celebration and kindness to those who need it. Amen.
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