Wednesday, October 21, 2015

#ContagiousGenerosity

Heyyyyy!!! I hope you are doing well as you read this post. A few months back, a couple of fellow church members of mine had the awesome idea to start a #ContagiousGenerosity campaign in our church. The campaign is really simple...be generous and encourage others to be generous as well! The idea is to shift the culture of the church as it relates to giving and move beyond just tithe and offering. Isn't that genius?It didn't take long for people to catch the generosity bug!

Well...today I had an opportunity to be generous! I decided to eat lunch at the food court in the mall (gotta love that bourbon chicken! lol). While sitting and watching a periscope broadcast on my phone, a guy walked up and asked if I was finished with my food. I was kind of caught off guard with this question since he didn't appear to be a mall employee. So, I responded to him and said, "yes, I am." He then said asked if he could have the food that remained. Immediately my heart dropped. This man was hungry, I mean desperately hungry. I then explained to him that I didn't have much left for him to eat. He seemed a little disappointed at first, but his spirit immediately was lifted when I asked if he wanted me to buy him his own plate. It was really a no-brainer to me. He had a need and I had the money to meet his need so I did. After I purchased his food, he was extremely grateful. What blessed me the most was not his response but the response of the Asian woman behind the food counter. She was able to witness my generosity. When he left with his food, she asked me if I knew him. I replied,"no, but he was hungry so I gave him food." You can tell she had never witnessed anything like this and was at a loss for words. All she could say was,"you're a nice person."

So, I want to challenge YOU to continue the generosity THIS WEEK! Look for an opportunity to bless someone you do not know or don't have a close relationship with. Pray and ask God to lead you. In my opinion, this is really what it means to be a Christian. Jesus was a giver, so much so that he gave his life. Surely, we can give of our substance! If you are not able to bless someone financially, bless them with your gifting, your time, or your kind words. If you take me up on this challenge, I want to know about it! Comment on this post, email me, or tag me in a facebook post. I can't wait to hear from you!

For more info on #ContagiousGenerosity, consider purchasing the following book by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard...




Happy giving! :)


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