And all God’s people (should) say thank you

“I think that Christians generally are poor at expressing gratitude or celebrating.” So wrote a reader in response to a recent Generous Matters post about the healthful benefits (among many) of an attitude of gratitude. I wish I could argue with her sorry claim, but sadly, I have met my share of ingrates among the […]

Generosity in quotes: Karen Cox

Generous Giver, Thank you. Thank you for the earth that sustains me. Make me mindful of caring for it. Thank you for my life. Make me mindful of tending this body. Thank you for the talents given me. Make me generous with them. Thank you for your spirit within my soul. Open me to the […]

Pass the abundance please

Wall Street is on a tear and happy days are here again in many quarters, but not so much for the small to mid-size ministries with which I work. Times remain tough for a lot of nonprofits. If we measure abundance purely in dollars and cents, too many organizations are coming up short. The good […]

What a gift we have in friendship

This past weekend, my husband and I caught a few hours in Washington, D.C. with long-time friends from Chicago. When we stopped for dinner, the waiter at our table asked what had brought us to our nation’s capital. “Friendship,” one of us replied. A surprised look crossed the young man’s face. “That’s a first for […]

Who’s in front of you in the grocery line?

Nothing I write today can communicate more powerfully that generous matters than the following blog article from a woman named Andrea. Her story was picked up by the Huffington Post, which is where I found it. Now I pass it on to you. As you read, may you be encouraged to good works. Dear woman […]

Giving ourselves the gift of self-care

This past weekend, my husband and I stepped away from the rat race of our lives for a 48-hour respite with dear friends from Chicago. We had originally planned to meet in a neutral location far from both our homes, but in the end, we hid out at our house here in Dillsburg. It was […]

Yes, Virginia, there is a generosity gene.

If you’ve sat through years of really bad stewardship sermons, you’ve likely been urged to “give until it hurts.” But now we learn that the adage isn’t just bad theology. It’s also bad biology. That’s the conclusion of science writer Elizabeth Svoboda based on her review of the burgeoning research into altruistic behavior.  In an […]

Lucky or blessed? The difference is more than semantics.

Although I’ve been a regular reader of Fast Company from its beginning in 1995, I have to confess to aging out of its target demographic several years back. Which likely explains my increasing annoyance with the self-satisfied tone of the magazine. A case in point – the editor’s column in the December 2013/January 2014 issue. […]

Give beyond today’s headlines

This past week, the world received a kick in its generosity pants when Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines. News outlets and relief organizations have been all over the disaster, as well they should. The stories and photos coming out of places like Tacoblan, a storm-ravaged city in the central Philippines, are horrifying. There’s no […]

When life flows on in endless work

The time of year likely has something to do with the weariness I’m hearing from the folks within my client circles, but that’s not the whole of it. The simple fact of the matter is that staff in nonprofit settings — the CEO, to the person answering the phone, to everyone in between – are […]