True generosity is quite simply amazing. The giving of something with absolutely no expectation of getting anything in return. Quietly and without fanfare just giving something away.
I was at a fundraising event this weekend and witnessed true generosity. As with all fundraisers, this one was full of auctions for donated items. One gentleman in particular seemed intent on purchasing every single item that came up for bid. With several items he purchased a chance to win a bigger prize was afforded him.
After about the fifth purchase my mind began to race. What on earth was he trying to prove? He ended up buying 7 of the exact same item. Who needed that many? Why would he not let others have a chance? Was the chance to win the bigger item that important?
Remember I said this was a fundraiser? Well, he certainly helped by spending close to $6,000 throughout the night.
Then came the moment of true generosity. Once the auction was over, he walked through the crowd and gave away (yes, gave away) each of the 7 items he had purchased. The majority of them were given to complete strangers.
Yes, I had to toss out those negative feelings I had felt about this individual and rejoice in someone who gave not once, but twice. First he supported the fundraiser in a very healthy way. Second he gave away the items he purchased to those he did not know and quite possibly were individuals who could not have afforded the auction bid.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11:24-25
Let’s begin to give freely. Regardless your financial position you have the ability to give freely of your talent, time and heart. Often those non-monetary gifts cost us more dearly than money.
Shepherdess, tend your flock and find a way to give and know that you will be blessed.