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Summary: Generosity is not a matter of the wallet, it is an open heart and hand to others.

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AVOIDING GREED THROUGH GENEROSITY

LUKE 6:38

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.”

P.S. Generosity is more than the state of your bank account, it is the openness of your hand and heart.

INTRODUCTION

There was a guy who died and was being given a tour of heaven, and he saw a friend of his drive by in a beautiful Mercedes. He said, "Boy, this is great!"

"Oh, yes," St. Peter said, "your friend was really generous on earth; we had a lot to work with. Your transportation up here depends on your generosity down there." Then Peter gave him his transportation: a Honda motor scooter.

He said, "Wait a minute, he gets a Mercedes, and I get a scooter?"

"That's right, it's all we had to work with." So the guy drove off in a huff.

A week later Peter saw this guy all smiles and said, "You feeling better now?"

The guy said, "Yea, I have ever since I saw my preacher go by on a skateboard!"

When it comes to generosity, most people automatically think of money. The excuse becomes,”Well, God understands that if I had more money, I could give more. Generosity responds, would you?”

P.S. Generosity is more than the state of your bank account, it is the openness of your hand and heart.

When it comes to giving to world need, did you know that Canada ranks third highest in the world?

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Canadians are the third most generous people in the world — slightly ahead of Americans and behind Australians, according to an international Gallup poll.

The survey of residents of 153 countries attempted to find out how much they donated to charity, volunteered their time and were willing to help a stranger. Their findings, nevertheless, have Canadians appearing quite kindly. In regards to Canada, the pollsters found:

• 64 percent of Canadians say they donate.

• 35 percent volunteer.

• 68 percent help a stranger.

Here are Gallup’s leading six countries, starting with the most “generous” citizens:

- Australia

- New Zealand

- Canada

- Ireland (tied with Canada)

- Switzerland

- U.S.

Residents of developing countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and India (which send many immigrants to Canada) do not rate highly on the generosity index.

Whatever the case, the related story in the Christian Science Monitor said:

“Canada’s World Giving Index (WGI) score – an average of these three percentages – was 56 percent, 1 percentage point higher than the US’s 55 percent.

“Canadians’ higher rank than Americans is based largely on their giving more money to charities. Canada has more government-led charity campaigns than the US, said a Gallup spokeman.

“Looking at the region more generally, North Americans are most likely to help a complete stranger, averaging at 67 percent. Aiding a stranger is defined as aiding someone in need, whom you don’t know, in any dollar amount.


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