If you’re reading these words, I imagine you’ve experienced how it really is “more blessed to give than to receive” (see Acts 20:35). Certainly, the greatest blessing of being generous is that we get to release God’s blessings to others. That should be our #1 motivation to give! But recent research shows the act of giving offers additional benefits to the one who gives.
In 2004, Randy Brewer founded Brewer Direct, a successful marketing and fundraising company that serves faith-first charities. Known to many as the “Fundraising Guy,” Randy has helped raise an estimated 1 billion dollars for ministries around the world. He also serves as Vice Chairman for African Enterprise USA and is an active member of International Full Gospel Fellowship, which both provide help to the world’s hurting.
Generosity isn’t the same as giving. Generosity is about the love you release from your heart. ”
- How giving to others can be a gift to you!
- It’s time for more than fundraising.
I have a challenge for you called “Releasing Generosity.” Instead of seeing yourself as someone who raises funds for nonprofits, I want you to see yourself as someone who offers others an opportunity to release the generosity from their hearts. Is there a difference? Absolutely!
- The surprise found in suffering.
One of the most upside-down, seemingly contradictory things about hope is that it is born by its polar opposite. It comes when we are facing hopeless situations. The Bible states: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Rom 5:3-5).