Fresh Hope – 19th September 2016

I read this quote the other day and it grabbed me:

‘Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.’

I always want to be generous but often wish I had more money to be generous with. I think this quote can help us understand not to worry about what we can’t give but look at what we can.

As Christians, we’re often keen to look for opportunities to reach people by talking about our faith. In reality, if we want to impact people around us, it’s not what we say but how we make people feel.

There’s no worse feeling than talking to someone who is clearly distracted. It’s a statement that there are more important things than you. The reality is no matter what pressure you are under in your life there is nothing more important than people.

Sometimes we live with the pressure of wanting our lives to count, to be part of something great, to create or do something significant. We often overlook the opportunities every day to invest in people’s lives around us and all it takes is for us to stop and listen.

Let someone waffle and talk rubbish. Don’t correct them, be generous. Is your correction going to save them or could your generosity change the course of that person’s day?

I challenge you today to look for an opportunity to really impact someone, not by chewing their ear off, but let them chew yours off. Look for an opportunity to be generous and make someone feel the wonderful emotion of having someone care enough to stop and listen. When we do we’ll be surprised at the impact and the doors that can open into people’s lives.

Luke Cartwright

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