The Gift of Generosity
In a letter to the Corinthian church, we read these words, "God is able to provide us with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, we can share abundantly in every good work." Since ancient times, the wisest of spiritual leaders has know that there is no scarcity. Scarcity is an allusion. There is abundance from God - abundant love, abundant grace, abundant presence. And God invites us to share from whatever abundance we are experiencing - sharing our abundant piece of bread, our abundant kindness, our abundant cheerfulness, our abundant wealth, or our abundant hospitality. Whatever we have, when we share generously, we receive abundance back 100-fold. Generosity brings gifts, not just to those who receive, but to those who give as well. That’s the message of the Thanksgiving feast. That's the message of 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. When we give, we are enriched, even as we enrich the lives of others. When we give generously, thanksgiving flows more naturally and more abundantly. This is the essence of giving and gratitude that Dr. Seuss in "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." We see the Grinch transformed, his heart growing “three sizes” when he sees the Christmas joy of the Whos down in Whoville and then strives to save their Christmas gifts. The Grinch’s heart grows before he’s returned even one Christmas gift, so imagine how much bigger his heart grew as he returned the gifts and celebrated the feast with the Whos. Similarly, this is the essence of giving and gratitude that changes Srooge’s heart in "A Christmas Carol" and calls a little boy to transform his community with generous random acts of kindness in the movie "Pay It Forward." Our own stories need not be so dramatic. Giving our time, talents, and treasure will transform us. Even small gifts can transform us in profound ways as we grow ever closer to the generous God who has created us with abundant generosity and gracious love.