After the April Fool’s prank of telling our congregation that he and his wife were expecting a baby, our paster spoke on the topic of generosity.
I wasn’t fooled because I had previous insider information that “that ship had sailed,” as his wife once put it. So, you bet ‘cha…Mark’s no freighter. He’s strictly a Pleasure Cruiser now.
He said there are 2 types of people in the word: Givers and Takers. Which one are you?
I thought about this. I thought, I sure hope I’m a giver, and not a jerky taker.
Then I thought, Everyone must think this.
Then I thought, Hang on a minute, it just can’t be this binary. Sometimes, I give and sometimes I take. Hum. but which do I do more?…Then I felt hungry for barbecue. Whatever.
But, it’s a splendid thing to think about just in case we’re getting too grabby.
Mark said, these 7 things happen when we are givers–When we are generous people.
1. It creates community
2. It defeats materialism
3. It strengthens my fiath
4. It is an eternal investment
5. I get blessed in return
6. It produces contentment
7. It makes more like God (who’s incredibly generous)
Then, I thought, This is a good message for bloggers, too. Really, communicators of any kind. It’s time to get this to the blog.
We can forget this stuff about generosity. We can fail to make our lives, and our online lives generous, simply by not really thinking about it.
I’ve noticed that Jeff Goins is a blogger and writer who is a giver. He’s a big proponent of generosity in the blogging arena (it’s an “arena” right?). He walks the talk, and his blog and platform have truly reaped the rewards.
Who do you think is generous online?
Share your ideas about how we can be more giving online.
Carry out some generosity today. Ask yourself, “How will I be a giver?”
I’ll kick it off. Here’s a new way that I’m being more generous. I added 51 photos to Flikr. They are all free-use with attribution* (Creative Commons). Just click here. (Many more will be added.)
*To clarify what that means, it’s this: You are free and clear to use any image there, no charge, anywhere, if you give me credit (my full name and/or a link is fine) and don’t alter it, or make a profit from it. (Something like I did in this post with the gift picture.)