The Discipline of Generosity (from The Return of the Prodigal Son)
Generosity is a sign of moving from fear to love… overcoming emotions/feelings that hold me back from freely giving.
The root of ‘gen’ as being our ‘kinfolk’ – giving out of the relationship, rather than waiting for the feelings to be right…
Be great to think of more small ways to give generously … is making me think about how technology/micro-payments have made it so much easier to support others (especially in times of not having much ££, though generosity of time, etc. is also important) – e.g. JustGiving, PayPal, etc. allow a gesture of support with a small donation – and more people are looking to work together – look to 50 people for small donations – and encourage them to support your work more than just financially – rather than 1 big chunk of money from somewhere – it’s inspiring…
“do not fret over those who prosper in their way” – so much worry about how others are doing, rather than rejoicing that they are doing well – and finding our own path…
The righteous are generous and keep giving … truly seen this happen with many in my communities (online, offline, blended – you name it) – especially in terms of time, encouragement, and practical support!
God = beyond all generosity – gave us love – out of which we can find the strength to give.
Christmas Action “Accept the challenges of life without moaning and groaning about them.”
Now, off to check Pam’s post..
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.