Tag Archives: generosity

A powerful call

“…we’ve found that optimism can be a powerful call to action. And it has a multiplier effect: The more optimists there are working for a better future, the more reasons there are to be optimistic.” – Bill and Melinda Gates One of the most pernicious aspects of despair is that it snuffs out the motivation …

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Generous beyond all reason

“This is among the oldest, deepest, most primal truths: the facts of life may be, at times, unbearably painful. But the core, the bones of life are generous beyond all reason or belief. Those things that ought to kill us do not. This should be taken as encouragement to continue.” — Augusten Burroughs Perhaps the …

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Our neighbors

“While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.”  — Lady Bird Johnson Almost everyone I know would like to make the world a better place.  We long to do great things, to make a difference.  For …

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Bless you abundantly

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things …

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A friend who cares

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen …

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As if it cost a fortune

“He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil.  Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ’em up: what then?  The happiness he gives, is quite as …

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Give freely and abundantly

“Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” — Annie Dillard  Don’t count me among the cynics who think the holiday season is primarily a commercial enterprise.  I love the way people give each other gifts at this time of year.  Yes, there are too many …

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The true measure of our thanksgiving

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”  —W.T. Purkiser Black Friday has become almost as much an American tradition as Thanksgiving itself.  Yet our shopping on this day is not always a selfish pursuit.  Many of us are seeking gifts for people we love, …

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