As Winston Churchill once said, “Generosity is always wise.”

I agree with Winston.

To be generous is to give liberally and bestow favors heartily. A noble, forbearing spirit characterizes one who is generous. One must be selfless to be generous.

We all dream of winning a ten million dollar lottery, and we promise our Lord that if that happens we’ll give nine million dollars of it to the church. So, we all know that giving is the right thing to do.

Everyone has heard a variation of “The Christmas Carol.” Scrooge is a miserable, rich guy. Christmas Eve three ghosts pay him a visit. They remind him of his past and present. Then he is shown what his future will hold: stingy misery. He is filled with wisdom to transform himself into a generous, happy man. So, if selfishness leads to unhappiness, why would anyone take a path of egotism?

Maybe, the person traveling down that path is selfish because they feel their money or time is too valuable. But, the person headed down that path isn’t very wise. Referring to the Bible:

“And He sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.  And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing.  And He called unto Him His disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. (Mark 12-41-44)”

So, as Mark shows, being generous has nothing to do with the amount paid.  It has to do with the sacrifice given.

The essence of community service is generosity. It is wise that Heritage Hall encourages generosity through thirty-two required community service hours. Generous people are admired. As in our motto “to serve,” we can through the gift of giving.

Generosity is a virtue. It makes the world spend around easier. Giving is always welcome and in need. So, of course “generosity is wise.”

April 9, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hi.

I’m ashlyn… and I have been wanting to tell you something: it is spring.

April 1, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.