One of the kindest things that someone can say about you is that that you are a generous person. We all love being around generous people. Sometimes we may think that generosity is something for people with disposable income and time. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Generosity is something that we can all develop in our life, but it requires intentionality. Here are some ways to develop a habit of generosity:
1. Stop comparing yourself to others.
God, in his wisdom, knew that not everyone could give the same amount. So instead of putting a minimum fixed amount, he gave his people the principle of the tithe. The 10% principle ensures that you can be faithful to God’s directions for generosity in your actual life.
The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having or getting anything, but only in giving. ~ 19th century Evangelist & Author, Henry Drummond
2. Start giving something.
If you are not ready to tithe 10%, but you want to grow in generosity, start right where you are. Start giving something. It could be $10 a month. Build a healthy habit of giving something, and then over time increase that amount as you are able.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. (Proverbs 11:24)
3. Create a budget.
It’s hard to be intentional without a plan. A budget allows you to tell your money where to go instead of wondering where all your money went. You may be surprised by how you are currently spending your money. You may find areas where you can save money. Building a generosity habit requires intentionality, and it should be part of your budget every month.
You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving. ~Missionary Amy Carmichael
4. Build a generosity plan.
If you are ready to give beyond the tithe, support missionaries, or give towards special projects, you’ll need to plan for it. You could create a special checking account for above-and-beyond generosity. When an opportunity to bless others comes up, you can know how much you have and you can give directly from that account.
Giving is true having. ~ Preacher & Author Charles H. Spurgeon
5. Whatever you give, give joyfully.
As you build this generosity habit, joy is the key. Your ability to bless others should remind you of God’s blessing in your life. That should stir up joy in your own heart.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
The Bible talks a lot about money. This might make us uncomfortable sometimes. That discomfort probably comes from our recognition that we might not be as generous as we would like to be.