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Seeds of Generosity: Cultivating the Habit of Service

What a gift it is to serve.

The more you give, the more you realize you have.

The more you practice sharing your gifts, the more natural it becomes to give to others.

On the other hand, the more you hold onto what you’ve been given, the more difficult it becomes to let go, serve, and love.

The tighter you grasp time, money, and heart resources, the harder it becomes to trust the truth. He will always provide.

The more you give, the more you receive.

How do I know this? Years ago, I stopped practicing giving and serving regularly.

The less I practiced, the more reasons came up as to why I couldn’t share my gifts with others. What if I didn’t have enough? What if I ran out of the gifts given to me?

The less I shared of myself, the more I wanted to hold on to what I had.

I didn’t have time. I needed to work. The list could go on.

Still, my heart was called to serve.

From an early age, my parents, aunts, uncles, and the community that formed me taught me the art of serving.

Not only did they teach me through their own lives and actions, but they helped me practice how to give generously.

Shaping a servant’s heart is just like developing any other habit. It takes practice.

The more you practice, the more opportunities you’ll discover to share.

Keep practicing, and soon, giving generously becomes second nature.

The thing is, the soul craves peace, love, and happiness. The world has made us believe that we need to receive more to satisfy this craving. Yet the soul knows the truth; peace happens by sharing love and spreading happiness with others.

I never want to fall back into a place of holding on so tight that my hands forget how to serve. I also want to ensure my kids know the gift of service.

I’m reminded that preaching is not the same as teaching. Teaching means allowing space for practice.

If you can relate, I invite you to make more space for yourself and those around you to PRACTICE giving and serving others.

After all, weren’t we taught ‘practice makes perfect’, and who doesn’t want to be perfect? 😂😜😘

P.S. Today is #GivingTuesday; a few of my friends in the non-profit world who are doing incredible work and could use your service include Catholic Charities of Acadiana, Gather Ministries, Red Bird Ministries, STM Catholic High School Foundation, Second Harvest, No Kid Hungry, and Food Dignity.

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