Pay It Forward: Generous Living

0 comments Posted on February 18, 2014

Darlene Franklinby Darlene Franklin

“A Christian can afford to be generous.”

The words have remained with me for almost forty years, ever since my supervising pastor said them to me during a summer church plant project. After we ate a restaurant, I must have commented on a large tip.

His answer? “A Christian can afford to be generous.”

Unfortunately, Christians tend to practice frugality and no generosity at the restaurant.

My son worked at restaurants for ten years. In his experience, the after church Sunday crowd was the largest of the week. No one liked the shift, however. Not only did the large crowds mean extra work, but also, the groups left the smallest tips.

What kind of testimony is our corporate stinginess on Sundays?

homefront dreamsIt’s time for us to grow up. Be generous, with money, but also with words. Compliment total strangers. Leave a comment on Facebook or at your bookstore when you enjoy a book. Thank the bus driver.

God gives to us graciously. He treats us graciously. In turn, He expects us to pay it forward–to treat others with the same life-affirming, esteem-boosting, care that He lavishes on us.

Of course generous and gracious living involves a lot more than tipping servers. But it’s a good place to start.

Darlene Franklin
Writing at the Crossroads of Love and Grace
Latest release: Homefront Dreams (Harlequin/Heartsong) and The New England Romance Collection (Barbour)


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