Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

Generosity – more than money

I am in a stretch where I have been surrounded by and sometimes immersed in a lot of heartache and tragedy that others are experiencing.  It is beginning to be so frequent that it is a bit overwhelming.  Cancer, divorce and sudden death to people too young to die are only the tip of the iceberg.

I have struggled with how to respond to each situation and to know my role and my place in each of them.  The one thing that remains clear and consistent is that people want to know that you care about them.  God has made that vividly clear to me over the past few weeks.  I have been reminded time and time again that the best thing I have to offer people is my time and my attention.

I don’t know about you but I am not as generous with my time or attention as I know I should be.  In this world of email and social media it so easy to convince ourselves we are ‘staying connected’ with people and are involved in their lives but we haven’t actually had a real time conversation with them in weeks or even months.

I always try and connect my real life experiences with my work.  This is what I came up with; the people of our churches need to be more generous with their time, attention, love, and hugs.  This is SO critical to living generously.  I get so caught up in talking about being generous with the giving of financial resources that I forget that is only one component of living a holistically generous life.

How are you doing on being generous with your entire life including your time and focus?

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