Generous

Posted: August 22, 2013 in Fatherhood
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Being generous helps us to grow in Fatherhood.  Not just generous with money but with our time, our patience, our prayers, our love and comfort.  Fatherhood is a marathon of generosity.  As fathers we need to have full commitment of generosity to our families.

St. Paul knew the truth of Jesus’ words on the importance of giving, taking them to heart and giving all he had.  Paul gave his time, his love, and testimony of his faith.  As fathers, we have exactly the same to share with our families and friends.

Be generous in receiving the love of your children anytime, anyplace, any condition.  If your children want to jump up on you when you come home, let them jump.  Don’t worry about the white shirt or slacks; or ice cream face.  Try this without getting upset and see the joy that happens.

If and when someone who is poor asks you for money, please don’t say, “I don’t have money.”  Once you say this, who is to say that God will make sure you don’t.  Don’t lie.  If you must say “no”, say “no”, but never lie.  By being generous, we never lose anything.  Our spirit and hope grow.  It is also important that we allow others to express their generosity to us.  Receive graciously.  As St. Francis says, it is in giving that we receive.  God does not want our money, but He does want us to learn generosity.  He challenges us to support His church and He will bless us beyond our own hopes.  In Malachi 3:10, God says “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me in this, says the Lord of hosts:  Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour blessings upon you without measure”.

Remember God is our Father.  He will provide for us.  He watches over us.  He will never forsake you. Giving worldly riches is not most pleasing to our Father.  God is most pleased when we are generous in giving our unending faith in God, shown through our daily concern for others.

Seek first the kingdom of God and everything else is given besides.  You will prosper in life, in your job, in this world when you are generous and seek God first.  Psalm 1 tells us so.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”  Matthew 18:10

1.  Are we generous with our time as fathers?  To our spouse?  To our children?   What are ways in our lives that we can increase “face” time with both?

2.  Do we seek the Kingdom of God first in our lives as fathers?  Do we trust in God’s promise that He will not forsake us?

3.  Are we generous with our love and comfort to our spouse? Children?  Do we show it daily?  How did we show our love and comfort today?

4.   Are we responsible yet generous with money?  Do we put money before God?  Do we teach our children the value of money?  How do we promote charitable giving by our children?

5.  Do we support God’s Church generously?   Do we throw a dollar in the basket every week or do we really sacrifice.  God asks us to challenge Him regarding supporting His Church.  In Malachi, He says “try Me in this” test Me and see what blessings I give you.

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