darlene zscheck in response to israel houghton’s tweet said this about him and it really struck me. maybe more so in a way I didnt expect but had to take note of. she said, “thanks for being a generous hearted person”. I loved that! In a recession [ and in times of war or emtional turmoil/upheaval], people are more apt to hold more tightly to what they have than to live with an open hand. And this is not just with money but affection, love, care, relationships, work, volunteering, pursuing dreams. I think many times, myself included, we think by risking we will not only fail but lose what it is we already have/gained. It makes me think of the scripture [matthew 16] where Christ says, “25 For whoever wants to save their life[f] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
there is no fear in love. perfect love casts out all fear. because fear says i have to make sure i get all i can get for myself because no one will look out for me and i cant give for fear of not getting back or being in lack. but love sees something different. love’s position is that of security and identity. in knowing whose and who you are there is liberty to be generous.It gives out of the abundance of spirit and heart and soul. it says i see a need i may not have much but what I do have, I give to you.
THEN it made me think what does a generous hearted person look like?
giving even when its uncomfortable, scary and inconvenient if that is what you’ve been called to.
please read michael gungor’s Love and Justice. SO good.