Unmerited generosity

May 16, 2010

in Links to good stuff, Shared walk

This week someone asked me to unpack the idea of generosity. As I’ve not discussed that here recently, I thought it would be good to do so. I’m going to start by talking about what I consider to be a necessary foundation for anyone who wants to live a life of true generosity.

God has been generous to us. He loves us no matter what we do, no matter how we treat Him or the people around us. Then there was the whole dying for us on a cross – that seems very generous to me.

I will leave you to ponder that, and the definition below (from dictionary.com)

gen·er·ous

–adjective

1.liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish: a generous patron of the arts; a generous gift.
2.free from meanness or smallness of mind or character; magnanimous.



Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:

Priority Management – A Value of Order:An excellent guest post on A Simple Marriage. Aimed at busy moms, but good for anyone who needs better time management.
Working with Your Spouse: Another great guest post on A Simple Marriage. Do you and your bride work together to achieve your dreams?

Do You Kiss Your Spouse Like You Mean It?: Life Gems discuses kissing – are you doing it wrong?
Two Dozen Experts Share Keys to Lifelong Marriage: Lori at Life Gems has a review of “Creating a Marriage You’ll Love: Secrets for Building a Rich and Full Life Together” a book I’m going to have to read

Don’t EVER Compromise in Your Marriage: Not sure this advice on The Marry Blogger can alsayws be followed, but I agree we need to work very hard for win-win rather than setteling for a compromise that leaves both sides unhappy.
Use the FISH! Philosophy to Improve Your Marriage: Stu, aka The Marry Blogger, applies principles from Pike Place Fish Market to marriage. (Note to self, get to Seattle before the clouds come back.)

Is Your Marriage Broken?: An interesting confession of sorts over at Project Happily Ever After. What started as “a way to prove to myself that I’d married the wrong person” ended up saving a marriage.
It’s Not Him, It’s You – 6 Reasons Why A Happy Marriage Starts With You: Alisa of Project Happily Ever After starts by saying this could also be titled “It’s not Her, It’s you” – so read it that way, guys. Alisa nails this, and gives ways to work on your marriage if you want to do more than whine about your bride.

Her List, His List, and Our List: It Might Be Love has an thought provoking post about being more aware of what is on her list.

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