Generosity: My Word of the Year in 2014

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s someone who has the spiritual gift of giving, generosity or rather radical generosity, was the furtherest thought from my mind in the beginning of 2014.  The phenonomen of choosing a word for the year was not even in my vocabulary in 2014, but as I reflected on the past twelve months, one theme rang true…

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What I didn't realize at the beginning of 2014 was that generosity would define and refine me over the next twelve months.  To be honest, it's hard to put into words what the word “generosity” has done for my life.

[Tweet “Generosity is more than a word, it's an action. – @DaveAnthold”]

Generosity has more to do with our hearts than our wallets.  I was incrementally seduced all year by God's grace and love in my life that the natural outpouring of thanks was to be generous.

When we are open to being generous, it can manifest itself in a multitude of ways, for example:

  • An encouraging card
  • An unexpected gift
  • Praying for someone
  • Listening to someone
  • Giving to a cause

These examples showcase a generous heart.  Late last year, I wrote about my own struggle with cultivating a generous heart.  When I paused for a moment and realized that I am steward of the resources that God has given me – time and financial – it opened my eyes to the needs around me.

We say with our lips, and scripture says, that God loves a cheerful giver, but does your heart agree with this statement?  Do you always give with a cheerful heart?  I can honestly say, I have not always been a cheerful giver…in fact, sometimes, I give more out of habit than with a generous heart.

Does that mean that my gift will not be used by God for His good simply because I did not give with a cheerful heart?  No…His work will continue on with or without my cheerful heart, but why shouldn't I want to join God in what He is doing?

Towards the end of last year, God laid it on my heart to give to someone I did not know simply because of a story someone told me.  As the year came to a close, I had yet to give this person a gift.  God gently nudged me towards the gift.  I debated with God whether that is what I should do, but once again, His nudge propelled me forward.

This past week, I received a card from this person thanking me for my gift and you could feel the words jump off the page with excitement because of what this gift will do for others.  What if I had not listened to the prompting?  I would have lost out on a chance to do God's work.

[Tweet “Generosity has more to do with our hearts than our wallets. — @DaveAnthold”]

What have I learned this past year about generosity…well…

  • It's more about my heart than my wallet.
  • We are co-laborers with Christ in His work.
  • When we listen to His ask, He is gracious enough to show us the outcome.
  • We can never out-give God!
  • It is all His money anyway, He just let's me steward it.

My generous heart remains a work-in-progress, but I had a great year in 2014 yielding to what God wanted to do in and through me.  He wants the same for you, will you let Him work in you?

Question: What was your WORD for the year in 2014?  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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