Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Treasury: Generosity Defined

When you think of all the things in your own life that bring you true joy, what comes to mind?  For a lot of people, it might be things like spending time with family, enjoying friends, having success in their careers.

I found this quote on generosity (above) the other day and it really started my wheels turning.  Am I a generous person?  Do I give myself freely to others?  Am I joyful about the time that I give to others?  These are all probably good questions for us all to ask ourselves from time to time.  Maybe you already know the answers to these questions.  Perhaps you need to look in the mirror while you are asking the questions of yourself.  

When you find the answer that determines your generosity, you can do two things with that information.  Be satisfied that you are fulfilling the will that God set forth for you.  Or, if you find that your answer has left you with an unsettled heart, do something about it.  

Today's treasury comes from Etsy artisans who have chosen the path of generosity.  Each shop featured here has chosen to donate proceeds from these items - some 100% of the proceeds - to various charities.  Please visit these fabulous shops and take note not only of their dedication to generosity, but to overall fine workmanship and quality in their products.

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.
Matthew 6:2 NIV 

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