Day 284: Generosity

Day 284: Generosity
October 11, 2014 Neil Kennedy

Proverbs 11:25

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Principle

Generosity flows from the heart of gratitude.

I recently had dinner with a young entrepreneur that has done extremely well in the last few years. What is remarkable is that just a few years ago, he could hardly rub two nickels together. We were eating at a local dive – a favorite of mine. The waitress was good and attentive but not outstanding – nothing worth noting about her service.

When it came time for the bill, we both reached for it as our normal custom of arguing over who would pay. This time, he won and reached into his pocket, pulled out the amount of the bill and then grabbed a hundred and put it in the folder. We stood up to leave as the waitress took the folder toward the register. When she opened it, she looked stunned, glazed quickly to try to get our attention and said, “You’ve made a mistake. Here – you’ve left a hundred.”

My friend, politely and discreetly just said, “No, that is for you and your family.”

You may think that it is easy for him to be generous with his money because he is doing so well. The fact of the matter is that he was generous when he didn’t have money – now that he does, he is no different.

Generosity flows from the heart of gratitude.

I’ve known others who weren’t so generous, even though they equally were doing well financially. They didn’t have the joy that my friend has. They counted the cost of everything. They seemed embittered and judgmental toward those who were doing as well as themselves. Even though, they had money, they weren’t happy people.

Remember:

Refresh others and you will be refreshed.


Read Proverbs Chapter 11

Neil Kennedy

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