My son is almost 4. He doesn’t love to share. He does it, sometimes on his own volition, but sometimes it takes him a minute. Why is it so hard for him? Because, though my beautiful boy was made in the image of God, he was born human. He was born with a sinful nature like the rest of us. It’s not always easy to be generous.
I don’t ask or force my son to share, but I try to model this for him. Just as our Heavenly Father doesn’t say “Hey, don’t be a knucklehead, share your toys!”, but rather in 2 Corinthians 9:7, He loves a cheerful giver. One that will give out of a place of love, and willingness, not forced obedience. As God doesn’t snap His fingers and say “GIVE!”, He displays this generosity for us to follow all over the Bible and we can choose to be like Him, or be like the selfish us who would rather keep it all for ourselves.
I’d like to think I’m a pretty generous person, but this 90-day Generosity Challenge has really brought to light (ouch) that I have a long way to go. Since it began, I’ve become more intentional and now my sweet little man is coming to me with “Mommy, I just put some of my candy in daddy’s lunchbox, was that generous?”, “Mommy, I let Luke play with my Batman, was that generous?”, and my favorite “Mommy, I love being generous.”
I’m inspired and challenged by my cheerful little giver.