From a post, some time ago on the Jack’s Winning Words blog comes this thought – “Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.” (Jean de La Bruyère)
I would submit that the time is always now – when you see the need, be generous. It is all too easy to pass by the beggar on the corner or homeless person and think I’ll give some day or I’ll stop and help next time I see them. Perhaps it hits you as you pass them bye, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” If so, then let that grace show thought in your generosity, right then. Maybe you won’t have enough left for your double latte with whipped cream on the way to work, but you’ll feel a lot better all day long than that latte would have made you feel.
Generosity doesn’t always have to involve giving money. Many times what is needed is your time. Volunteering at your local shelter or food bank or at a homes for habitat project is being generous with what is arguably your most precious asset – your time. There are too many opportunities to volunteer in every community to list. Much of the “work” that needs to get done doesn’t involve anything strenuous. I know of one local volunteer who spends time at nursing homes reading books to the residents. Sometimes just being there to visit someone who is shut in is the task that need to be accomplished. Just pick one or a few and be generous with your time.
When Jesus was leaving the disciples, after his death and resurrection, he gave them a new commandment – “Love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12
There is no better way to show your love for your fellow man than to give generously of your money and time to help those in need. There is no better time to be generous than now – when you see the need. Find your way to be generous this weekend.
The moment is right.