Generosity

One of my former professors (Chuck Sackett, Lincoln Christian University) recently posted, “In all my
years of ministry, I’ve seldom known what people gave…and never felt the need to. However, I’ve always
known who was generous. You don’t have to see dollar signs to recognize generosity.”
 
This resonates with me deeply. I’ve intentionally tried to avoid knowing who gives how much because I
never want to be accused of pandering to bigger givers. Chuck then goes on to list examples of generosity he’s
experienced. It made me reflect on some of the generosity I’ve seen firsthand.

I’ve seen people open up their homes to strangers. I’ve seen countless volunteers give up weeks of
vacation time to serve on mission trips and youth conferences. A few brave souls have stayed up all night to
chaperone youth ministry lock-ins. People have given of their time to drive others to doctors’ appointments.
Congregations have set aside their personal preferences to reach out to the lost. Dozens of faithful believers I’ve
known have labored tirelessly in behind-the-scenes ministries with little praise or recognition. Others have
shared painful parts of their own stories to help others. Many have generously shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us
your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God,” 2 Corinthians 9:11. Let us be people of generosity this
week.