Back to Basics Part II
Doesn’t true generosity really flow from gratitude? My good friend, Dr. Harville Hendrix thinks so:
“A person must get connected with how he or she has received love and generosity. If you can’t receive generosity, you can’t receive grace. Without this connection, this self-awareness, one can only act generous, and generosity becomes a utility. What have you been given?”
Embarking on this practice of transformational generosity, driven by connection, starts with a disposition of gratitude.
Our gratefulness for what we have been given becomes the way forward to a better way to give, and it starts with our heart’s desire to connect with God and others in a meaningful way. God has wired us in such a way that we run best on renewable energy sources generated in relationship. The old paradigm of check writing and volunteering can feel exhausting and futile when it lacks the connection that our hearts crave. But …
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……. …