People today are looking for ways to improve their lives. They look for a miracle cure, but the key to a fulfilling life is actually living a generous life.

Think about this…

If you did a google search for the words “weight loss pill,” you would get over 150 million results in under one second! Millions of websites make the promise of a better body by just taking a simple pill. Even more stunning is the fact we buy into it.

Last year, over 33 billion dollars were spent on various weight loss products. At the same time, the FDA reports that 39.6% of Americans are overweight! Isn’t that crazy? We can all conclude that our world is full of “miracle cures” that never deliver on what they promise. And most of us are skeptical when something seems too good to be true. 

The Search for Fulfillment

So, with this in mind, I’m going to offer you something to radically improve your life in every way. It will  make you happier, healthier, more fulfilled, and will give you a legacy lasting far beyond your lifetime. 

Consider this: The reason so many people go for the miracle weight loss pill (even when they know it won’t work) is because deep down we all want the best version of life possible. 

You see, we were created by God with a desire to be fulfilled, happy, and  live for something more than just our own stories. 

We are all searching for significance and fulfillment.

I want to offer you a pathway towards the life you have always wanted. Now, the good news is, it’s not a pill and I don’t need your credit card number to get it. 

What am I talking about? One word: GENEROSITY.

Today we are starting a blog series called Living a Generous Life. I am going to show you how living a generous life can open the floodgates to the best version of life possible, and also set you on a path to happiness, purpose, and impact. 

What Is Generosity?

Living life generously is not just giving your money. You might be sitting there thinking, “Oh great, another sermon series about money.” But generosity has to do with so much more than just your money. Is money part of living a generous life? Of course, but there’s so much more. . 

Living a generous life is about giving in a variety of ways. Let’s stop for a minute and think about the different ways we can be generous:

  • We can be generous with our thoughts: Have you ever seen someone and the first thought that comes to mind is, , “What’s wrong with that person? Why are they dressed like that?” This is a red flag that should grab our attention, telling us our thoughts are not generous. Are we generous in the way we think about those who are round us?
  • We can be generous with our words: Proverbs 12:8 says, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Do you use your words to bring healing to the people around you? Do you build people up? 
  • We can be generous with our money: Every time we give financially, it softens our hearts and we become more like Jesus. Giving our money takes the focus away from us and puts it onto others. Are you willing to be generous with your finances?
  • We can be generous with our influence: Most of us would not be where we are today if someone hadn’t chosen to be generous with their influence. We all have influence, networks, and connections. Are you using your influence to bless others?
  • We can be generous with our time: Sometimes, the best thing we can do for another person is to take the time to stop and help, listen, and celebrate. Are you using your time in a generous way?
  • We can be generous with our attention: Can we agree that we live in a world that is operating with an attention deficit? But we can be generous by giving people our attention. Are you on our phone when you’re with your children? We have all felt the power of someone who is fully present with us. Are we fully present in conversations with others?
  • We can be generous with our belongings: We all have “stuff” we can use to bless others in creative ways. Are there items you could lend to a neighbor or friend in need?

Do you see the point? Living your life generously is about far more than your money. Generosity is about taking your entire life, everything you are and everything you own, and using it to bless the people around you. And, since generosity isn’t always about money, we can also make this statement: Generosity is for everyone. You don’t have to be rich to be a giver. You don’t have to be a millionaire to be generous.

Stranger living a generous life by helping out a homeless man.

Living a Generous Life While Being Aware

Do me a favor, stop and think about how many things each of us experience daily. There are sights, sounds, tastes, touches, and smells all around us. If we were to try to put a number on how often we use our senses, it would be impossible to do it. 

Science and research tell us that our senses never stop working, even when we are asleep! We are sensing things all of the time. We live in a perpetual state of sensory overload. And because of this, our brains are working overtime to categorize what our senses experience. 

This is why you can brush your teeth in the morning, and not give it a second thought. 

We can experience hundreds of millions of things every day, and only be aware of a few of them. 

Not convinced?

Try this: Who were the last 10 people you saw today? Who were the last five people you talked to? What did you talk to them about? 

If you’re anything like me, these things are quite hard to remember. The point is this: We are experiencing things every day without actually being aware of those things. Our brain’s efforts to categorize our experiences make it harder for us to be fully present and fully aware on an everyday basis. 

Yet, when we read the Bible, we see Jesus as a person who never seemed to miss a moment. Have you ever noticed this? What an incredible ability Jesus had to maximize opportunities for impact and generosity. 

Beginning Your Awareness with a Shift in Perspective

We need God to give us a new perspective. Human nature is to walk through life in “selfie-mode.” Self-centeredness is our default setting, and it keeps us from being aware of the opportunities for generosity that are all around us. We need to start developing awareness by spending time with the God who created our hearts to be generous in the first place. Imagine if we started every day with a prayer like this one:

  • Father God, I want to experience the joy that comes from being generous. I ask for you to give me an opportunity to be generous today. I pray that I will recognize it when it does, and that I will have the courage to jump in and give.

I promise you this, if you commit to praying this prayer in the morning, you will be amazed at the opportunities for a generous life that pop-up all around you. And here’s a little secret: Those opportunities were there all along. Praying and asking God for opportunities is a way to open your heart and change your perspective.

Final Thoughts

In this blog, we talked about the awareness of being generous, living your life with the intention of always helping others. You want the best version of your life? Live it for others, helping people BE like Jesus, DO what Jesus did, in order to HAVE the life He promised. That is living your life generously. 

Our next blog in this series will be covering the actions of a generous life and how to use generosity to live a fulfilling life.