December 1st, 2015

In Celebration of #GivingTuesday

2015-Only-Way-to-GiveI am so glad to be living in our current generation where giving and a generous lifestyle are becoming cultural norms. You may or may not know this, but giving is a part of the fabric of our universe. It is actually a path to discover God and become all He desires you to become.

“Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.”

It is inspiring to watch generosity flourish. To celebrate this day, here are a couple of simple principles that I just can’t escape regarding generosity.

  •  First, God is a very generous God.
  • Second, He created us in His image to be generous people.
  • Third, when we are generous together the world is a better place.
  • Finally, generosity is rewarding to both the giver and receiver. Money can really bind us at times and create many life burdens. Generosity is the path of freedom, joy, and impact.

Our Auxano Team wants to celebrate #givingtuesday and a lifestyle of generous living. When our team was asked to complete the sentence “I am moved to give because…” Here is just some of what they said:

“I am moved to give because God FIRST gave to me.” – Bryan Rose

“I am moved to give because it grows and strengthens my heart to be more like God’s, just like exercising a muscle.” – Will Mancini

“I am moved to give because it’s a privilege to give back to God what He has so richly blessed me with.” – Bob Adams

“I am moved to give because God owns everything and He’s entrusted much to us.” – Clint Grider

“I am moved to give because I believe in the model of generosity. (My parents modeled generosity and challenged me to be generous. This may be their greatest legacy and one I hope to model to my own children.)” – Chris Rivers

“I am moved to give because God has blessed me so much and now I get to bless others.” – David Putman

“I am moved to give because sharing with others is God’s example and we live our lives through Him.” – Tessy Rice

“I am moved to give because there is a need.” – Mike Gammill

“I am moved to give because the Holy Spirit prompts me.” – Jim Randall

“I am moved to give because there is so much need.” – Andrea Kandler

“I am moved to give because it keeps my life focused on what is important.” – Todd McMichen

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