Generosity is a character of a grateful heart. Unless you are generous you cannot be grateful. A grateful heart thinks of others and sharing with others.
When does a person become generous?
When a person comes out of his/her cocooned life of selfishness and thinks of others, he/she would like to share his/her possessions with others. It is human to possess. It is a human nature to possess as much as possible and never be satisfied with what one has. It is very hard to part with one’s possessions.
Generosity is a trait that has to be trained from childhood. Ifa child grow with a possessive character, sharing life may not be possible in later life. When the attitude that nothing is ours and everything is given to us by God is developed, it will lead to generosity. If we think whatever we have belong only to us, then it is very difficult to part with it or share it with others.
How to develop generosity?
Develop the three “Ps” to develop the attitude of generosity. They neutralize the spirit of possessiveness and develop the attitude of generosity. The three Ps are: Priority, Percentage and Progressive.
Priority can develop the attitude of generosity by giving preference to generous giving. It gives preference to others than selfishness. “God first” attitude will encourage the mind to decide a generous sharing.
Percentage gives importance to the attitudeof sharing than the actual thing that you are giving. For example, the poor widow in Mark’s gospel gave only a little amount. But when it is compared to the amount she had it comes to cent percent. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on”. (Mark 12:43-44) The attitude is more important than the action.
Progress in generosity
Progressive means the increasing of generosity. The may would think, “Last time I gave 5 dollars; let me give six this time.” This shows the increase in the attitude of generosity. This attitude develops a generous mind and the attitude of gratitude. It reduces the spirit of possessiveness and selfishness.
Generosity should be developed with the love and gratitude towards God. Then only it can be more affective and yield good fruits.