I was reading (a Costco mailer actually) and came across this quote by Dr. Ben Carson.
The only person who has the most to do with you is you.
Apart from being impressed by the guy in general, it just caught my eye because it fits with a concept that has greatly shaped my life and the generous concept. A person’s life is hugely about the choices that they make. Yes, others influence us and some choices are taken out of our hands, but for the most part, we have a huge amount of choice and we certainly get to choose how we will respond to the people and happenings in our lives.
As to generosity, it is a part of those life choices. Being generous is not dependent on what others do, but rather on our hearts, who we choose to be and how we choose to act and speak. It is a reflection of God working in us to make us look like Jesus. So love on that tired, cranky husband. Roll up your sleeves and help your neighbor clean up a flowerbed. Ask God to show you ways to be generous and live that out with a song.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 NIV
Be generous! Lori <><