Today as I opened my laptop and scrolled through my Facebook feed, I noticed several people sharing graphics with the words “Giving Tuesday”. So I googled this phrase and found out that the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a day of giving back to charities, schools and other organizations in need of our support. I think it’s great that we end our holiday of giving thanks with a day that reminds us to give to others. This generosity brings delight to both the receiver AND the giver!
I was raised in a home that was filled with generosity. I loved seeing their delight in giving. My parents and grandparents were always helping others with their finances, gifts of service and delicious baked goods. When I looked up the Merriam-Webster definition of “generosity”, it says: “the quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish; willingness to give money and other valuable things to others.”
From the time I was a little girl I watched as the adults in my life gave to others, often anonymously, and this found a place in my heart. I also observed how these generous actions brought hope and joy to the recipients – even the smallest of acts.
“God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.” ~2 Corinthians 9:7
It is my responsibility to help others with my bounty, whatever that might be. But the bonus is the joy I receive back from the giving. How awesome that God matches up people who are in the position to give with those in need at a particular time.
There are so many ways to give of your time and money. I was going to list some of the ways my family and friends have served others, but then I realized that’s part of the joy!
Some ideas to help you get started:
- Ask God to guide you to the places He has picked out for you to give.
- Have a family meeting and decide how to use your time and money as a gift to others – you may be surprised the great ideas that come from your kids!
- Ask your friends how they are generous with their resources.
- Blogs and articles will have lots of ideas too
So do a little research as you find creative ways to bless others, then choose to open your hands as you release your gifts to others. But don’t get stuck trying to find the perfect place to give. Just start right where you are with what you have and you will make a difference! The Christmas season is a perfect time to choose to be generous. There are many people who could benefit from your time and money. What a wonderful gift to give as we all celebrate our Savior’s birth.
Now I’m going back to my Facebook page to check out those organizations that are asking for help on this Giving Tuesday. I want others to know the extraordinary love of God as He uses ordinary people like me. I want to look for ways to be generous and to do so with a cheerful heart. And I want my resources to bring hope and joy to others, not only this Christmas but all year long.
I’d love you to share ways you are choosing to give this year. May we all remember to choose generosity this holiday season!