I stumbled upon this quote yesterday. It’s definitely how I aspire to live my life. Being generous is part of who I am and it makes my heart happy to know that in this way I have been a small part of making someone’s life that little bit better.
So often we can wait for other people to do things for others or ourselves. I think often we can forget that we are part of the answer.
We all have qualities and abilities that can bless others. It’s about using what is in our hands right now.
Maybe all your have right now is a smile or a hug. Use them to brighten up someone’s day!
Little things really do make a big difference. You really can lead the way with your kindness, open heartedness, being friendly and generous.
I’m participating in an initiative over lent called 40 Acts (living life generously). Yesterday was all about reaching out to others. So I sent out a few little notes to precious friends.
Towards the end of the afternoon I saw a BIG ISSUE seller at the bottom of my street and bought a copy of the magazine. Often I’ve walked past others like the man at the end of my street. Yesterday reminded me of the importance of looking upwards. We can often be so in our own little worlds that we forget to notice those around us.
When we do stop to notice others. That small action can be a part of lifting them up and helping them to realise that they are valued.
But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. (Matthew 19:30 NLT)
We compared to God have different ideas regarding importance and influence. Being important is something we aspire to where as with God it works the other way round. We don’t need to be important in the way the world sees (like aspiring to be famous). Each of us has areas that we hold influence in and that is as much as valuable. After all no one else can be YOU!