People do not give from the top of their purses but from the bottom of their hearts. If you desire to become a more generous person do not change your income. Change your heart.
Since I was introduced to the practice of God’s presence, which in turn led me into the contemplative way, I have nearly always felt so rich, so blessed, so sincerely full of “enough.”…I believe it is on this robust, overflowing …contemplative pathway that one gains the joy and serenity to be generous.
--Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy
The choices we make with our money can change the world.
--Nathan Dungan, Share Save Spend
God who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.
2 Corinthians 9:10-11?
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.
Like fire, money itself is neither good nor evil. It is neutral, its character determined by the eye of the perceiver, the hand of the user.
--Jerrold Mundis, Making Peace With Money
A generous person is characterized by a noble or forbearing spirit. Generous persons are liberal in giving and all their actions, charity and help as well as love are marked by abundance. All humans are MADE TO BE generous - because we all are made to the image of God.
–William O. Avery, Faith in Action
The only safe investment one can make in life is what is given away.
-- Millard Fuller
We have experienced this "most generous God" and have found "The More One Gives, the More One Gives". We say that deliberately. The more one gives, the more one gives. As Paul told the Corinthians, "You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving through us.”
--Pastor Roy & Dorothy Satre
We live in a culture that is preoccupied with money. We respect people who have it and write whole television series about how they make it and spend it. While church members hear one sermon a year on average, they are exposed to about 1600 commercials every day, on billboards, and bus stops, in newspapers and magazines, on matchbooks and clothes with designer and product logos, on radio and television, each offering advice on how to spend their money.
--John and Sylvia Ronsvalle, Behind Stained Glass Windows
Money will buy a bed but not sleep; books but not brains; food but not appetite; finery but not beauty; a house but not a home; medicine but not health; luxuries but not culture; amusements but not happiness; religion but not salvation; a passport to everywhere but heaven.