Living Out First: Live Generously

Day 11: 1 Timothy 6:17-19

“They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.” - 1 Timothy 6:18

There are almost 172,000 words in the English language. Most people know between 20,000 and 35,000 of those words. Here’s a discouraging thought – more than 50 percent of all the words most people speak are negative.

What if part of our goal in choosing to live out our lives first was to change that statistic? What would it look like if we decided to live generously with our words?

I’ve been thinking about something recently that’s been personally challenging as I start 2018 on the right foot. We’ve all heard the saying, “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.”  I’m sure I’ve used that saying several times. But now? I am trying to never use that phrase again! Why is that?  With a minimum of 20,000 words at my disposal, I can say something good. I’ve been choosing to say negative things! 

I’m reminded of what Paul and John said to a man who was begging for money outside the temple in Acts 3: “We don’t have any silver or gold for you. But we’ll give you what we do have.” There are people who have the ability to live generously toward others with their finances. 

Others can live generously through their natural abilities. All of us have thousands of words in our account a day to use. We can all choose to live generously with our words!

Here’s the choice I’ve made -- wherever I go, I challenge myself to make someone else smile because of the words I say to them. I’m having a lot of fun with that! People are often surprised and don’t know how to respond because it’s rare to hear kind words from others “just because.”

The next time you go to the store or even answer the phone on your job, will you choose to live generously with your kind words? You’ll be amazed at the response! 

Ask yourself today: Who could use a kind word from me today?