Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Mannie Ramos0
Does Generosity Today Plant Seeds For The Future?
One of my favorite sayings in life is, “We are a product of our past.” I don’t believe we are our past but it does shape how we handle situations in the present and in the future. Generosity from our past will not necessarily manifest in the same way in the future. I feel that you reap what you sow like the bible says and if you sow giving then you will in turn will be blessed. The best example of this is generosity. We always say things like, “Treat others how you want to be treated.” Generosity goes a long way in many places and I know I feel better giving than receiving. I mean, don’t get it twisted- I enjoy a great gift like the next man, but the smile and warmness in someone’s eyes when you give them a gift is breathtaking. I get goose bumps just thinking about this topic. The reason I bring this up is because at time when my life is constantly changing, I think about the great things such as being able to start a new life in pursuit of my dream. I feel that my generosity in the past has put people in my life that support me to the end. I have done many kind acts in my life but I have also done selfish and greedy things as well.
This has probably been the scariest point in my life. I had previously made six figures a year but realized I wasn’t fulfilled with my career choices. I had enough money to do whatever I want. I remember throwing my best friend a crazy 25th birthday party and going all out. It was a surprise but honestly, I did it just to show off and blow through money. It was a very generous act and I wanted him to have a great time but I didn’t even consult him about the night’s events.
Things have drastically changed from my P. Diddy-party-throwing days. Now, I’m at point where I eat Ramen at least five times a week and hardly ever go out because I am “budgeting” so to speak. I look back at moments like throwing my friend a party and say I could have made better choices while giving and still saving for unanticipated dry seasons. I have hundreds of stories where I blew my money but I have also have a hundred where it was completely out of generosity. I’m now am at a point where people are offering and sending me money because they hate to see me struggle. I push them away with selfish pride but I realize this is the way God is telling me I am on the right path; I just need to push through these rough times.
My pastor had an amazing speech about experiencing a dry season in his life, yet continuing to be generous despite barely having it himself. I know people always joke about how much a pastor makes but people don’t see how much a pastor gives. I mean sure, we have corrupt people who become pastors, but that’s not everyone. We have corrupt politicians, but people still vote for them. Proverbs 11:24 says, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” This just states that the giver lives a fuller life. You can always want more and come up unsatisfied but when you give to less fortunate, it creates a feeling like no other. So next time you see your pastor with a nice house and nice car, ask yourself do work as hard as him to serve other people? Do you still give when your barely have any? If you don’t, you might want to reevaluate the way you operate. Our past giving could bring a beautiful harvest for our future.