This book is about changing your life and the life of those around you by harnessing the power of generosity. The author looks into the following topics.
- Leap from the springboard of gratitude
- Participate in the mystery of sharing
- Perform acts of encouragement
- Develop the habit of good deeds
- Expand the impact of forgiveness
- Release the power of believing the best
- Experience the bounty of open-handed giving
- Practice the act of listening
- Celebrate the privilege of inspiring hope
- Share the spirit of Christmas
- Bestow the bounty of time
- Present the offering of prayer
- Enjoy the sharing of faith stores
- Cultivate the heart of service
- Give God the last word in how you invest your life
This was an interesting and inspirational book to read.
Forty simple, yet significant good deeds:
- Hold the door open for someone
- Say please
- Say thank-you
- Read a book to a child
- Give to charity
- Send thank-you cards
- Visit a nursing home
- Organize a litter clean-up day in your community
- Compliment others
- Walk a shelter dog
- Learn CPR, you might save someone’s life
- Learn pet CPR, you might save an animal’s life
- Be willing to forgive
- Leave a generous tip
- Find and share the positive aspects of a difficult situation
- Donate blood
- Be an organ donor
- If able, park in the back of a parking lot
- Share good news
- Write positive reviews when warranted
- Exhibit gratitude
- Call a friend
- Hold the elevator door for someone
- If you love someone, tell them
- Teach children to be kind
- Plant a tree
- Be a friend to someone that needs a friend
- Post positive, inspirational, and motivational things on social media
- Invite people over for a movie night
- Listen to people
- Give flowers to someone, just because
- If you have a skill (quilting, woodworking, etc.) teach that skill to someone else
- If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, share that with someone else
- Register to be a bone marrow donor
- Be respectful of other drivers and pedestrians on the road
- Donate your hair to Locks of Love
- Be willing to apologize
In Matthew 12:22-50, Jesus has a lot to say about character. For example,
- A tree is known by its fruit
- Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
Webster defines character as the mental and ethical traits of a person. Those traits could be positive or negative.
Positive character traits that I try to incorporate into my life include:
I don’t always live up to my goal, but I learn from my mistakes and try again.
I was reading The Indian Heritage of Americans by John Franklin Phillips and I was struck by how much my European ancestors owe to the American Indians.
The early European settlers would have died of starvation. They were ill prepared to farm the land and had no idea what crops would grow in this country. American Indians took pity on the strangers and taught them what and how to farm. They saved the lives of countless people.
In some ways we even owe the American Indians for helping America establish a democratic form of government. The American Indians were already using a form of democracy when the Europeans arrived.
A few of our founding fathers believed it was impossible to unite the colonies and form a united nation. Benjamin Franklin disagreed and said:
It would be a strange thing if Six Nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming a scheme of such a union and be able to execute it in such a manner, as that it has subsisted for ages, and appears indissoluble; and yet that a like union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies, to whom it more necessary and must be more advantageous, and whom cannot be supposed to want an equal understanding of their interest.
Unfortunately, the generosity of the American Indians was not repaid with kindness. The Europeans decided to annihilate them.
The American Indians had many great qualities and they are deserving of our respect.