June 10

Written by Bill Grandi on June 10th, 2019

My title for this devotion is Selfish vs. Generous.

We hear different kinds of statements: “Pay it forward.” “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.” “I get more joy out of giving than I do getting.” “God loves a cheerful giver” (in reference to (mostly) church-giving).

I am a (naturally) generous person. I say that, not as a brag, so please don’t think it that way. I learned it from my mom and my grandfather. And ultimately from my Father. I like doing things for people. I like buying small things and giving them as a kind gesture. For example, I like getting a book and giving it to a colleague. Or a meaningful book and giving it to someone in the church. I have no clue how many copies of New Morning Mercies I have given away. When Jo was working, I felt much freer doing this. Now that she is retired and money is tighter, I can’t do it as often. I miss it. 

It is part of my DNA.  God has blessed me with so much I want to share it with others. I’m careful as I say that lest it be misconstrued as a selfish thing: “He wants blessed so he gives.” No, not at all. That really isn’t my motivation. That’s not saying I don’t benefit. Proverbs 11:25 says, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and the one who waters will himself be watered.” What a word picture I get with the verse! I picture two people having a water fight with one starting it with a hose only to get drenched himself. 🙂 🙂

Something happens-to the recipient and the giver-when generosity takes place. I have found God uses a fire hose when I use a garden hose. But I will never experience that until I give the first squirt.

“Father, you have a generous heart. It all started with you giving Your Son. May I be like you-not for the purpose of getting back-but simply to follow your example. Please give me a generous, giving heart.”


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. I love giving, too, Bill; think it’s in the DNA. 🙂 But with both of us being retired, I do have to watch to whom and how much I give. Don’t like it, but I know God understands.

  2. floyd says:

    I’m with you, Bill. My mom and dad were generous, even when they had little to be generous with. My mom still says, “You can’t out give God.”

    I always think about what King David said; “What is for me to give You what comes from your hand?” (paraphrase)

    And I’ve been the recipient of your kind gestures… Thanks, brother.