We're Teaching This:
Would you like to upgrade your phone? Of course you would! What about your wardrobe? How about a better car or a bigger house? Chances are you said yes to all the above. We all love to get more and better stuff. And, after the first upgrade, we usually want another. One dose of “more” always leads us to want another. It’s normal.
But sometimes our normal way of doing things has unintended side effects. In this case, our quest for more can keep us dissatisfied and make us miserable. Maybe that’s why King Solomon, who had more riches and more upgrades than we can imagine, gives us such clear advice when it comes to this area of our lives. Through his words we discover that giving, not getting, is how we go for the win when in our endless desire for more.
Proverbs 11:25 says, "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."
We'll be encouraging to students to give from their EXCESS as well as from their BEST. God loves cheerful givers, and He gave the ultimate gift. We can be generous with others!
The Bottom Line: Generosity gets you what selfishness never will.
- What's an area of life where you tend to love "upgrades"? (Clothes? Technology? etc)
- How long does your satisfaction tend to last with an upgrade?
- What is something that used to make you happy, but now just seems old and worn out?
- How does it make you feel when you're generous with others?
- How long does the feeling and impact of generosity last compared to selfishness?
- What is something that God has done that could motivate our generosity?
- What is an area of our life where we have EXCESS? How could we strategize to be generous in that area?
- What is an area of our life that is our BEST? How could we strategize to be generous in that area?