Understanding where your money comes from is the beginning to living a generous life, even when you don’t have a lot of money to be generous with. I should know. While this is quite hard to admit, I am barely making enough money to sustain my own family right now. I had been working at a company for 10 years before it closed down last year – a circumstance many face today. I’m working again, but unfortunately, my new income does not come close to what it was before. Now, I am working hard to move my finances beyond a “paycheck-to-paycheck” lifestyle.
During all of this, though, there has been one constant area of my family's life that my wife and I were certain needed to remain, no matter what’s in the bank account. It’s something that comes before you even begin to think about your own living expenses. It’s called generosity, and none of us would be here without it.
Generosity, at its core, doesn’t have anything to do with money, even though we are talking about our ability to be generous with money when you may not have a lot to be generous with. If you are someone who is barely making it with the bare minimum and do not have anything you can cut spending wise, please know that this article is for you. I will say, though, whether you are at the bare minimum, or well above in terms of income, there is an understanding about generosity that you need to learn before you can begin to use your money not only generously, but with an eternal purpose in mind.
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