Generosity is something that I had been focusing on this last semester. I’m in college, so I don’t have very much to give to people in the area of money, so I’ve been trying to give my time, attention, and the items that I am blessed to have. I had a hard time moving away from home and being protective over things that I was in the mindset of being MINE. Call it the “youngest” syndrome, but my boyfriend, Jonathan, would call me out on it because I was being selfish in being really protective over things that I had. A lot of what I was protective over was really not worth getting upset over or feeling like it was a huge sacrifice to share. He’s helped me develop a mindset with him of “what’s mine is yours,” and it really does help in our relationship alone to have me be fine with him borrowing things and for us to be able to share a food budget and eat meals together which really helps us both save some money. I really enjoy eating with him as it gives us more of a family feel while we’re away for school. Although, it gets difficult living in different houses to go back and forth.
I’ve also been focusing on simplifying my life and getting rid of all the stuff that I don’t need or use. I want to make sure that I am being intentional with giving things to people who could actually use it. If no one I know can benefit from what I have, then I will take it to a non-profit thrift store (NOT Goodwill). I tend to hoard a lot of things because they’re nice, and I don’t just want to throw them out or donate them, so it also helps me be more okay with letting go of these things by giving them to people that I care about and seeing how much they appreciate and get out of them. I tend to collect a lot of purses, and they’re all perfectly good, but I have no reason to have so many purses that take up so much space that I don’t even get around to using.
Something I still struggle with is giving people rides because I can barely afford my own gas, and the driving around really takes a toll on that budget, but I know that I’m blessed to even have a car and the ability to drive to events and church and the store when others cannot. Jonathan has also showed me, through his own life, in how to live more like the young church in Acts. They would share their food and clothes and homes with each other, and its something that I’m looking forward to developing further in my life. He lives in a house with four other guys from our church and they have dedicated their house to our college ministry and opened it up to events and to anyone who needs to get away from their roommates.
I’ve been trying to be more intentional about my giving and my time and money. I want to make sure I am being generous out of my own heart and not giving out of guilt or because I feel like its expected of me. I want to make sure that I am giving where God wants me to, and giving in a way that does hurt my budget, and I feel sacrificial so that I am forced to trust in God to be okay later on and make my generosity be a practice of thanksgiving to God. It is true that giving really does enrich your own life, but don’t let that be your motivation for giving.
We have TWO $12.00 items to add to the Twelve Days of Christmas sale today (because we’re generous). Visit my Etsy shop to see the long vintage rhinestone earrings, the shorter rhinestone earrings, or many other $12.00 items!
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