Back to Basics
“God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them” Saint Augustine
When we give well, we build connections. Our attention, our efforts, and our money create bridges to other people and to the world around us. But what kind of connections are we building? Are they an inch wide and a mile deep or a mile wide and an inch deep? Do they come from the heart or from habit? And are they connections for good or connections for networking?
If you’re like me, you want your giving to matter, and you want your connections to be mutually nourishing and make an impact. You know that generosity rightly understood is transformational, not transactional.
People know in their hearts that bigger giving is not better……. …
Last month while keeping vigil with my mom in a Dallas hospice I did a lot of hand holding and silent reading. From an author I do not remember, here is a thought I remember so clearly.
We often think of Hope as a virtue. It is essential to waking up and facing the day. It sinks deep into our hearts as we work on our relationships, and it helps us see past immediate challenges. But this author stated that hope as a virtue has little value without waiting.
Waiting. I did a lot of that in Dallas and found it difficult. It turns out that waiting is an art form and required in almost every relationship. You’ve done this I know. Sitting with a friend or loved one in a doctor’s …