Enriched to be Generous

via Daily Prompt: Generous

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” – Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 9, vs 7-15
Quotes

Patience; kindness; generosity; humility; courtesy; unselfishness; good-temper; guilelessness; sincerity–these make up the supreme gift, the stature of the perfect man. ~Henry Drummond

He, who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives withoutgenerosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice. ~ Jeremy Taylor

Generosity is impossible apart from our love of God and of His people. But with such love, generosity not only is possible but inevitable. ~ John MacArthur

Generosity, wrong placed, becometh a vice; a princely mind will undo a private family. ~Thomas Fuller

You can always give without loving, but you can never love withoutgiving.  ~Amy Carmichael

Giving is true having. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having or getting anything, but only in giving.  ~ Henry Drummond

Lower Expectations…

I’ve been listening to a lot of Ted Talks lately. I like to listen to people talking about varying topics and getting perspectives from people from all over the world. Thted-talksat is the appeal of Ted Talks to me.

Yesterday I listened to Kemi Adegoke’s inspiring and educative talk on ‘The Culture of Low Expectation’ and her take away summary at the end resonated with me. She spoke about how a counsellor at secondary school had advised her to aim lower for a university placement instead of the top tier university she wanted attend. She was told top institutions were elitist, posh and that she would not fit in. They were not for people like her. She listened and took the advice only to find out later when meeting people who attend said university that they were not any posher, elitist or smarter than she was. Lesson learned.

I experienced an eerily similar situation after my junior certs. My Dad and I had a session with a counsellor in school who was supposed to help guide you in selecting your subjects for senior high based on what you intend to study at University and sit for at the senior leaving exams. I’d always wanted to be an architect and said this with confidence at the meeting. My counsellor proceeded to convince my Dad that my maths was too poor to shoot for such a major. I was encouraged to go for social sciences or art because those were easy enough for someone like me.

My Dad agreed and I left feeling so crushed and defeated. Suddenly I had to start thinking about what else i could study when all my life i’d wanted to design and help build beautiful spaces. I grudgingly decided on the social sciences and never had any sort of firm conviction about what I wanted to be again. I’d been convinced that my dreams were too hard for me to achieve instead of being encouraged to achieve them. I still suffer with self doubt till today and it takes a lot of mental work to go for things I want with the self belief that I can do it.

In summary:

-Understand motives: check motives behind every advice you are given. It may be well intentioned but still wrong for you.

-Make no assumptions: Never assume the worst about people, groups, organisations because your experience with them might be different to what everyone is telling you.

-Speak with your own voice: Create your own pathway, make and own your choices and it will make you more confident to speak with your own voice.

I’m learning my lessons.

First Chance at I am

Here is my first chance to make an impression.

I am awkward and introverted (INFP anyone?). I am overweight. I am a runner. I love reading and writing.

I crave travelling more than anything.

New experiences scare and thrill me. I was born in the year of the dragon and a Libra to a TEE (if you’re into that). I’m a fierce and loyal friend. I see both sides of everything and agonise about making decisions. I love shopping. I have cats.

My hormones drive me crazy.

I have siblings and I miss them. I’m a Christian (for my sins). I often start things and don’t finish them. I’m unintentionally funny sometimes. I love to laugh. I’m a people watcher. I enjoy throwing shade sometimes *sips tea*. I don’t have a bucket list but I will make one soon.IATG_OfficialIcon

I will keep on writing.