Midweek Morsel: The Generosity Boomerang

“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

My husband Don is a generous guy. I think his spiritual gift must be giving. I make efforts to be generous, too, but for Don it comes naturally. He almost always outdoes me in the giving department. What can I say, he’s a giver.

The generosity principle found in the verse above—the generosity boomerang, if you will—has proven true in our lives time and again. We are so blessed. As they say, you can’t out-give God.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Let’s think beyond the obvious for a moment. What are some ways other than financially that we can be generous? How might we refresh others? I’ll start us off. How about being generous with smiles? :) :) :)

*Flickr photo by tinyfroglet, Creative Commons License


  1. You can be generous with compliments.

  2. Be generous with thank yous – in person, in emails, and in handwritten notes.

    THANK YOU, Cheryl, for your wonderful blog!

  3. Jeneal and Jana, love your ideas of compliments and thank-yous. Definitely something we can all do, right?

    And Jana, I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. Thanks for the thank you! :)

  4. nancy Douglas says

    Giving our time and attention is invaluable. The older I get the more I understand these treasures.

  5. I’ve always loved that Dad has such a generous spirit. I aspire to be like him in that way.

  6. Generous with our words. They can hurt or heal so quickly…

  7. Debbie KY says

    I love little gifts of service like putting your neighbor’s paper on the porch if it’s raining, or an unexpected plate of cookies when a friend or neighbor or friend has company.

  8. Kristin, I love that you want to be generous like Dad. He has provided a great example, hasn’t he?

    Nancy, Vonda, and Debbie, thanks for sharing your ideas for generosity. Each one is such a gift — time and attention, healing words, and gifts of service. All wonderful!

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