Day 11: Generosity

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Start with the Prayer of Abandonment.

Today’s theme is “generosity.”  This covers a diversity of actions, from the philanthropic activities of the uber-wealthy to the husband who slips out of bed on a Saturday morning to play with the kids so his wife can catch a few precious minutes of extra shut-eye. (Honestly, forced to choose between the two, most weeks I’d take Mr. Kind over Mr. Moneybags. Wouldn’t you?)

Generosity is one of the virtues that pretty consistently distinguishes happy couples from unhappy couples. Unhappy couples fight for their rights, each stubbornly holding to marriage as a 50-50 proposition. The reality (as evidenced by their happy counterparts) is that with marriage, you always get more when you put more into it — marriage is not 50-50, but 100-100. Then there is the 100% you give the kids so … yeah … a happy marriage is a tiny miracle, and a foretaste of heaven.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus said that it was easier for the camel to go through the eye of a needle then for the rich to get into heaven? Wealth can have an isolating effect. So, ironically, can poverty . . . if you grasp what you do have too tightly. On the other hand, we can never out-give God. Those who are determined to be generous with their resources often discover that God repays them in full many times over!

When was the last time you were generous with God? Is he presenting any opportunities to you right now?

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