This morning, I was talking with a good friend on the topic of generosity. I was reminded of this person who is in my team. In the manufacturing area, I supervise a small team of men in charge of preparing the chemicals needed for production.
I told my friend about this particular man named Rene, a widower with two daughters. Just like any typical man who does a physical job, food is the reward for working hard. Well, as we know, the body needs fuel for all that energy-draining task.
Through all the years of knowing him, he’s the person who always brings in a lot of food at work. And no, it’s not because he eats a lot. He always brings extra food to share with his fellow workers. Sometimes, he would even give me whatever food he has.
This man has blessed me so many countless times when I would come to the office, already hungry and have nothing but coffee to take early in the morning. You know those times when you run out of supplies like biscuits or bread. Well, Rene seem to have the gift not only of generosity but also of perfect timing.
What’s so unusual about a man who gives others food on a regular basis?
For one, being his supervisor, I naturally earn more than him. And yet, he’s the one blessing me when it should be the other way around. This alone is truly a humbling experience for me.
“Generosity is not in how much money or wealth you have and can spare, but in how much you willingly give regardless of your circumstances.”
I also mentioned earlier that he is a widower. He lost his wife to cancer some five years ago. You know how cancer can be financially draining with all those chemotherapy sessions and medications and trips to the hospital. Up until now, he’s still paying the company on installment basis for the medical assistance. You’d think that he would have stopped sharing whatever he has because of that financial burden, but as far as I have observed, he has never stopped sharing..
Now, where in the world is he still getting the resources to continue being that same generous person?
Here’s what I think:
He has a generous heart that likes to give, whatever his circumstances may be. He is a man who understands that generosity is not in how much money or wealth you have and can spare, but in how much you willingly give regardless of your circumstances. And he does those acts of kindness in all the years that I have known him, without expecting anything in return. He just loves to give!
And here’s the wonderful thing about being genuinely generous. God has His wonderful ways of recognizing that and blessing those acts of kindness. The more we give, the more we are blessed…and the more we are blessed, the more we want to bless others. It goes round and round.
You know what’s good about a generous person? Most people will find it easy to be generous with him or her as well. Why? Because generosity has a way of touching the hearts of people, specially in those times when you least expect a person to give and without expecting anything in return.
But understand that blessings come in many forms, and not necessarily just monetary.
The best part is, God loves a cheerful giver! When God is pleased, He blesses us…exceedingly beyond our expectations. After all, for the One who created all and who owns everything, nothing is ever too hard for Him to give. He withholds nothing if He sees that in our hearts, we are ready to receive His blessings.
Generosity in itself is an act of faith. When we can give generously, it is because we know we can trust God to give us what we need…always.
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. —> 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (ESV)
Are you ready to receive God’s abounding blessings?