Generous People are Happy People
By Rick Warren
“There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.” (Acts 20:35b TEV)
Jesus said in Acts 20:35, “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving” (TEV).
Generosity increases your happiness. Everybody knows this! The only people who don’t know it are people who aren’t generous.
When I was a child at Christmas, it wasn’t all about what I bought everybody else. It was all about what I got. As a child, all my joy came from the presents I got, not from the presents I gave to other people.
But that was a long time ago. I was immature, and I was self-centered, like most children. Today I’m a grandfather. Now at Christmas, it’s not about the presents I get. My joy comes from watching other people unwrap the gifts that I’ve given them.
Why? Because I grew up! I stopped being self-centered. It stopped being about me. That’s called maturity.
Unfortunately some people never grow up, and even at 80 years old, it’s still all about them and what they can get out of it. They’ve never learned the joy of generosity.
Don’t be like that. Be generous with your time, your money, your experience, and your heart. When you start practicing generosity, your joy will overflow!
Talk It Over
- Think of the most generous person you know. What behavior tells you that person is generous?
- Have you ever been generous without anybody knowing it? What was the effect on you?
- How can you be generous with your experience?
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