Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Generosity Project.

A few weeks ago, our Pastor, Chip told a great story about generosity.  When he was younger, a wealthy man took him out for an extravagant lunch and gave him a very important task.  The wealthy man knew he wasn't going to live for more than a couple more years and he wanted to give away as much of his wealth as he could.  He asked Chip to do it for him.

Armed with a blank check book, Chip left that lunch with a profound goal: find people who are in need and help them.  Can you imagine walking around having the power to change peoples lives?  This went on for a few years before the wealthy man passed away.  I'm sure pages could be filled with the stories of the people Chip encountered and the checks that were written during that time.

Growing up with very generous parents I know first hand how generosity can change you. Going out of my way for someone else can be hard and even embarrassing sometimes, but I like how it takes my focus off of me and puts it where it really belongs. 

When I heard the story about Chip and the check book my heart started thumping in my chest.  I knew what I had to do.

I often feel like I don't have much to give, and I must confess I get a bit distracted and may not even notice those who need help the most.  The truth is, most of us are walking around with a blank check book of sorts.  We have talents, time and resources that we can use in big and small ways to help others. 

Inspired by this realization we sat down the other day and decided on an amount of cash we're going to carry with us in December.  The sole purpose of this money is to help someone in some way.  I know I'm going to feel excited walking around, looking and searching for a way to bless someone, in a "pay it forward" sort of way. 

I really struggled with whether I should share this with anyone or not.  I finally decided to share in the hopes that someone else will be inspired.  Will you consider joining me in this project?  Maybe money isn't a thing with you and you'd rather decide to donate something else to someone in need.  The whole point is to be present, aware of those around you, and to give what you can.

If you decide to join in, please let me know.  I'd love to hear about it!

tree photo from the pioneer woman


  1. How beautiful. I love this idea. My kids and I have been doing lots of shopping for gifts to donate this year, and my daughter was able to receive two children's letters to santa to fulfill. It makes us feel so good to give, that it's almost a gift to ourselves :)

  2. Love this, thank you for sharing.

  3. Lovely idea, I appreciate you sharing. Blessings to you and yours.