Faith Tip

Faith Tip

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16

I have said this many times over the years. One of the greatest attributes I love seeing in people’s lives the most (including mine) is generosity.

For those of you who have ever heard me speak, you know I am the first to admit that I have failed a lot as a parent, husband, and follower of Christ.

I also frequently admit to being a selfish, self-centered person who cares only about myself a lot of the time.

I also talk about the fact that my family is not a perfect family by a long shot.

With that said, I am going to take a minute here to speak highly of my wife and kids to illustrate this Faith Tip.

My wife Carol is one of the most generous people I have ever met and she has modeled that for our kids their whole lives. For those of you who know Carol, you know this to be very true.

Our kids have received an allowance from a young age. It was not only important to Carol that she taught our kids how to manage their money, but she taught them right away to always be giving their money away as well.

When my dad (who happened to be a very generous person) passed away, he had an insurance policy with his kids names on it. So I was given some money my dad planned on me having.

I divided the money into parts and I gave each of my six family members a share.

Without exception, within 5 minutes of giving each person their money, each one of my six family members said, and I am not exaggerating here, “Now I can give some money to so and so.”

That made me so very proud.

I love seeing true generosity from the hearts of my family and friends. I love when I allow God to break through my own selfishness and generosity spills through.

Thank you, Carol, for modeling this to each one of us. Your generosity has been contagious in our family.

Christians, show generosity to the world around you.

Bosses, to your employees.

Pastors, to your congregations and visa-verses.

Friends, to your neighbors, co-workers, and families.

Parents, model generosity to your kids so when they grow up they have hearts to give.

We serve such a generous God that He gave His entire life for us. Jesus is the ultimate example of generosity!

And for that, I am eternally grateful.