New Year…Fresh Start – Be Generous

Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion—packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing—will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return (Luke 6:38, Common English Bible.”

When I think of someone who lacks any generosity, these days my mind goes to Ebeneezer Scrooge. The reason might be that we celebrated Christmas only a couple of weeks ago. It also might have something to do with a Bible study titled, The Redemption of Scrooge we began at church the first of December and weren’t able to finish before Christmas so we are finishing it now.

When I think about Scrooge, I quickly think about how miserable he was despite all he had. It serves to remind me that there is real joy in giving.

I like to think I am a pretty generous guy. I like to share what I have with others around me. At the same time, however, I also can lack generosity at times. While I would share my resources with people I know, I often fail to have that generosity where it is needed most. I can easily look past the need. I have a real hunch I am not alone.

I mentioned this in a post earlier in the month. John Wesley said, “Earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can.” I really want to talk about that “…give all you can” part.

We often get upset when we see some of the world’s richest people making even more. We are sometimes bothered when we hear a professional athlete sign a new contract for millions of dollars per year. I have often asked the question, “how much is enough.” It is a difficult question to answer.

For many years I seriously questioned Bill Gates, some of his business practices and that he was continuing to rake in lots of money. Years later, I can no longer question his motives as he spends much of his time giving his money away.

Let there be no mistake. Bill Gates still makes lots of money. He may not be managing the day to day operations of Microsoft any longer, but he still makes money from the company. It is just that today, I see him more in John Wesley’s words. Yes, he may make all he can but he is also giving a lot of money away to some very worthy causes.

It becomes difficult to be critical of that athlete and his or her millions when we see them giving away tens of thousands of dollars in Christmas gifts to needy kids or buying the things a family needs when they are burned out of their home. The list could go on.

When I read the verse above my mind also goes with the giving that is in that verse. This verse reminds me to be generous. And, even when I feel like I am scraping the bottom, I find it amazing, I still have at least enough to get by.

And, giving always makes me feel good. I feel good because I know I am helping people who are in need.

For some, the idea of being generous, may be a bit foreign. At the same time, lots of people make the idea of being generous a New Year’s Resolution. Perhaps they know, or at least they have heard, being generous makes a difference not only for the person receiving. It can make a huge difference in you!

How do you express your generosity?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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