Being generous (value #8)
What is it, exactly?
When I think about a generous person, I tend to think of someone who gives a lot of money towards something, or someone who will give material gifts, and often. But there has got to be more to it than that. And so I went to my trusty online dictionary (remember the days of actually pulling a dictionary off the shelf to look a word up? They seem so long gone …), which said that the word, “generous” means “liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish.” (source) Wow – that brings a whole different view of the word for me … honestly, it seems “easier” to give money or other material things to someone or toward a cause; but to consider generosity as more of a mindset and subsequently, all it then entails? It’s no longer so easy, because now, it means to give liberally of things like my time, my energy, the things I own, and my love; (just to mention a few) things that may “hurt” a little bit more to give. Whew!
But yes, those are the kind of people I want our family to be – generous in all of the above-listed things and overall, in mindset.
Thinking of some practical ways to implement this value into our everyday lives was not easy for me. However, here are a few ideas my husband and I came up with:
- Our weekends are pretty precious to us as we get some of our best family time during them. However, we thought of the idea of offering to watch another family’s kiddos for part of a Saturday so that the husband/wife could get away for a date.
- For the past 2 years, we have put together a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and we choose to send it to a boy around Elijah’s age. This year before Christmas, it will be great to explain what the shoebox is all about, and let him help us pick out some gifts to go into the box.
- Looking around the neighborhood to see who may need some help raking leaves and raking as a family.
- Before Elijah’s friends come over, talk to him about sharing and have him pick out a toy he is going to intentionally share with his friend(s). Have him give the toy to the child shortly after s/he enters our house. As Shun-Luoi and I talked about, this could be a hard lesson for Elijah if the friend does not want to play with the offered toy. However, we realize that people may not always receive our generosity, but that we should still offer it.
And hey, since we’re talking about giving, it only seems right to have a giveaway! I’ve always thought it looked so fun when some of the bigger-named blogs I follow have giveaways. However, I figure we small bloggers can also give things away – why not? And so … for my first ever giveaway, I am giving a $20 giftcard to Starbucks (or Caribou Coffee, depending on where you live and which one is more prevalent in your area).
But, there’s a catch. In order to enter, you must leave a comment sharing a practical way in which you and/or your family could practice generosity. Leave your comment and you will be entered for a chance to win the giftcard! The winner will be randomly chosen on Sunday evening (Oct. 23rd), so comments must be in by 7 pm MST. The winner will be announced on Monday (Oct. 24th) morning.
So, take a minute, think, and put your name in for the drawing! A nice [insert your favorite coffee drink] could be your reward for doing so.