Do you know generosity when you see it?

Generosity is on my mind as I prep for an upcoming conference presentation. In the midst of my pondering, it has occurred to me that generosity is similar to pornography. In both instances, although difficult to define, we know it when we see it.

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If seeing is knowing and knowing leads to action, our goal must be to turn as many eyes as possible in the direction of generosity. In our homes, our churches, and in our work.

  • Parents encouraging children.
  • Pastors leading congregations.
  • Organizational leaders in conversation with would-be supporters.

Forget the trope about the left hand knowing what the right is up to. It’s time to celebrate lives lived generously, to make heroes of those who share selflessly, to sing the praises of folks who embody the Golden Rule.

I’m not much concerned that the Christian community arrive at unanimity around a  definition of generosity. But I hope we can agree that the more who see it, the better. No one in our midst should be clueless about the look of generosity.

Do you see what I mean?

For more on generosity, see:

In any language, generosity matters

Yes, Virginia, there is a generosity gene

The fault of too much generosity

What's your take on this topic?

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