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The Power of Generosity

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The word generosity sometimes carries a negative connotation. We might think being generous involves sacrificing comforts that we don't want to give up. Generosity may appear to be something that hurts us for the sake of helping someone else - which doesn't make it very appealing. 

But what if our perspective on generosity is entirely wrong?

Generosity is really more beneficial for us than we think. In fact, it's statistically proven. According to an article by the John Templeton Foundation by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, "giving social support—time, effort, or goods—is associated with better overall health in older adults, and volunteering is associated with delayed mortality."

Reportedly, "Other studies have shown a link between generosity and happiness. Some studies have found that people are happier when spending money on others than on themselves, which motivates them to be generous in the future."

Meet Dave and Becky, a couple who have made generosity a core value in their lives. For them, being generous is not just an action, but a lifestyle with the intention to create positive change in the world around them. They believe that through generosity, they can make a difference in the lives of others.

Over the years, both  Dave and Becky have contributed their time, talents, words, and financial resources to help fuel the mission of making more and better followers of Jesus. They are passionate about generosity and believe it is a key component for enriching their own lives as well as helping others. Here are some of the reasons they believe generosity is so important:

  1. It strengthens their faith: For Dave and Becky, generosity is not just about giving money or material possessions. They see it as an expression of their faith and a way to connect with God. They believe that as they give generously, they are trusting God to provide for their needs and are acknowledging His provision in their lives.

  2. It helps them to focus on others: Generosity is a way to shift the focus from themselves to others. Dave and Becky believe that by giving generously, they are able to show love and compassion to those who may be struggling or in need. They see it as an opportunity to share the blessings they have received with others.

  3. It creates a ripple effect: Dave and Becky believe that generosity can have a powerful ripple effect. When they give generously, it can inspire others to do the same. This can create a positive chain reaction that can impact many people's lives. They believe that their generosity can make a difference beyond just the initial recipient of their giving.

  4. It brings joy and fulfillment: Giving generously brings a sense of joy and fulfillment to Dave and Becky's lives. They see it as a way to use their resources to make a difference and bring hope to others. They believe that the joy they experience through giving is far greater than any material possessions or financial gain.

Dave and Becky understand that generosity is not always easy, and it can require sacrifice and a willingness to step out of their comfort zones. However, they believe that the benefits of generosity far outweigh any challenges. They have seen firsthand the impact that generosity can have on their own lives and the lives of those around them. They encourage others to consider the role that generosity can play in their own lives and to explore ways to give back to God through living and giving generously.

Here is Dave and Becky's story firsthand.


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