A More Joyful Life: Guaranteed – The Power of Generosity in Relationships
Tami Kaiser shared the amazing power of generosity for women through a video story of generosity in community, the power of generosity among women and a model for looking at your own journey towards a more generous life – which means more joy!
The word from the Word focused on Jesus’ last word to his disciples, encouraging them to spread the gospel and live lives of radical generosity, being particularly cautious about greed.
The group saw a video story of a community that ‘showed up’ in a very generous way to support a young couple, then discussed how generosity was evidenced in this community’s relationships?
Women have always been generous, shaping the future with their generosity. We see this in the Bible (with J4’s very own Deborah), in the Proverbs 31 woman, in Mary, Mother of God and in the women who finances Jesus and the disciples, the very first gospel patrons.
Clearly women today have the power to be generous: 51% of all wealth is owned by women; 95% of women in America will be their family’s primary financial decision maker; 48% of all US estates are owned and managed by women; and women will inherit 70% of the $41 trillion intergenerational wealth transfer expected over the next 40 years.
But … are women generous? Yes, they are. In record breaking research of over 7,000 women (done by Women Doing Well, an initiative of Generous Giving) it was found that most women are generous – but over 90% want to be better givers.
It was determined that women who ‘give well’ experience great joy. These women know their purpose – they have a Biblical foundation for giving and clarity of their calling/purpose. They know their passion – they give out of their passion, to maximum capacity and they share the generosity message. And they have a plan – have a giving plan for giving and have confidence in the organizations to which they give.
The groups had a lively discussion answering these questions: If an outsider were to look at how I use my time, my energy and my resources, what would they learn about my priorities? Would that outsider see my time, energy and resources being put primarily toward a hope and vision of renewal for our city and world? and in light of 2Corinthians 9:11 (You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God) do You want me to assume that each financial blessing You entrust to me is not intended to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving?
Tami shared the following resources (as well as some prizes!) for those who want to dive deeper into the power of generosity in women:
- generousgiving.org (videos)
- www.onpurpose.me (two-word purpose statement)
- When Women Give: The Adventure of a Generous Life (Kim King)
- Wholehearted Purpose: Women Discovering Their One-of-a-Kind Design (Mary Tomlinson) www.marytomlinson.com, www.on-purpose.com
- Abundant: Experiencing the Incredible Journey of Generosity (Todd Harper)
- The Treasure Principle (Randy Alcorn)
- Journey of Generosity Retreat
- Women Doing Well Retreat