This morning I had the pleasure of hearing a Bishop from Africa speak at our Church. Once the dialect differences were overcome, I settled in to a sermon that in its simple message stuck a cord.
This man, from one of the poorest places on Earth, talked about generosity and the truth that you cannot claim to be a person of God if your heart is not filled with a generous spirit.
Isn’t that simple message powerfully true?
Like you, I am good at giving a financial contribution when someone is in need. I contribute to Go Fund Me accounts, I donate to people when they are facing difficult times, I contribute to Hurricane and Earthquake relief, I’m good at all that.
Where I think I fall short is in the area of having a generous heart.
If we truly follow the example of Christ isn’t a generous heart as important as being generous with our wallets?
I think that generosity includes acceptance and honor of our differences, our weaknesses and the strengths of anyone who contributes to the betterment of society.
On the outside we may be vastly different, however I suspect those differences melt away in our hearts, when we all just want what is best for our families, our friends and our communities.
While our beliefs may be different, doesn’t it make sense that if we simply listen to the feelings of others, where their convictions lie and engage in conversation this allows us all to have a generosity of heart that is in line with God’s teachings?
I know I have a long way to go before I fully align my heart with the teachings of Christ in this area, it’s an area to work on, maybe it is an area for you to work on as well.
Generosity goes far beyond the dollars that we share with those who are in need, that’s the easy part. A generous heart that is open to our differences is as important, if not more so.