Someone described generosity as being like a heartbeat. It is involuntary. It happens without conscious thought. It is the “without a second thought” showing love to another.
A generous person lives a lifestyle of generosity. A lifestyle is defined as the habits, attitudes, moral standards and actions that make up a person’s manner of living. Living generously is living gratefully. It is living with eyes opened for opportunities to give repeatedly and often.
Living a generous life requires a certain mindset. While it is important to support fundraising initiatives, we all know that generosity is not only about giving financially. It is about relationship, about taking the time to listen, share our skills, gifts and talents, lend a hand and be kind. A generous life can be described as living a life with your hand and your heart open, giving freely of your time, service and words of encouragement.
Christmas is a time of remarkable generosity. God gave the most generous gift of all when he sent Jesus to us as a baby. For those of us who follow Jesus Christ, it is an important time to remember the significance of what he did for us, that He saved us, He made a way for us to be with God, and He provided a path to eternal life.
As we celebrate the end of another year and this special Christmas time, let us not forget the generosity of a God who goes to unfathomable extremes to be in relationship with us. Let us be grateful for the opportunity we have at this time of the year to show gracious generosity, forever mindful of the gift of every new day and His unfailing grace and love.
Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas.
Gail Mitchell, Head of Primary