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Feeling Stuck? Here's a List of Ways to Get Going with Generosity


Living generously might seem like a big deal, but hopefully I've got it in your heads by now that it's possible. Still, possibilities don't turn into realities until we put action to our intentions.


I've said it before but I'll say it again:

Humans make time and find money for the things that matter to them. The appointments on your calendar and the withdrawls from your checking account are an excellent indicator of what matters to you. If you want to live a generous life, there are dozens of ways to make that happen. The programs and people already exist. Finding them and communicating how we are willing to help is our part.


Sometimes all we need is a little nudge in the right direction to get some momentum. If you're feeling stuck like Simon here, I typed up a list to get you started:


Serve a meal at a shelter, teen youth center or church.


The next time you go out to eat, choose another table to pay for before you leave.


Shovel someone's driveway.

(Don't live in MN where we get this opportunity every 2 days? God bless the places where green things grow! Plant a flower, mow a lawn, rake a yard.)


Pick up trash.


Invite someone over for supper.


Spend more money for something sold locally.


Find out the requirements to volunteer at a local prison.


Ask your library if you can be a guest reader for story time.


Tutor a kid. For free. You might be the one who learns something.


Leave a tip that makes the person who cut your hair or served your food do a double-take.


Leave a tip for someone who's not expecting it, like your mechanic or the housekeeper at your hotel.


Deliver a bag of dog food to the local pet shelter.


Put an amount that feels difficult in the offering plate at church.


Rock a baby.


Read to a kid or an elderly person.


Clean something.


Fix something.


Talk to your church about mentoring a group of middle-schoolers. I promise, they are far better than you think.


Tell your spouse they're your favorite person.


Buy a massage for a teacher, janitor, nurse, or anyone you appreciate.


The next time you go for groceries, ask the neighbors if there's anything you can pick up.


When you're walking your dog, clean up after someone else's.


Write a letter.


Loan your car to someone.


Buy an extra bag of food (include fresh produce, meat and milk!) the next time you're at the grocery store and drop it off at the food shelf on your way home.


Take flowers to a secretary (we all know they run the show).


Bring treats to the police station.


Take the neighborhood kids to the park.


Deliver a meal.


Write a check.


Build a bonfire.


Find out what your neighbors love.


Make a phone call.


Tell someone who is good at something that you notice that quality in them.


Make muffins/cupcakes/cookies and double the batch. Deliver the extras to ________.

Fill in the blank with the name of a person or group.


Give someone a ride.


Don't say that toxic thing.


Invite someone to take a walk.


Foster.


Adopt.


Plan your next trip with a goal for giving. Go somewhere you've always wanted to visit and invest there. Wherever you're going, research places to serve. Take an afternoon or a day or the whole trip and focus on planting something beautiful and lasting in that community. Mission trips are great, but don't leave that work only to the church. Weave it into the fabric of your travel.


Build a house.


Paint a building.


Plant a garden.


Landscape a school.


Put flowers on a gravesite.


Listen well.


Google "places to help in ___________" and put your town in the blank space. You'll be SHOCKED at the opportunities within a fifteen minute drive from your house or work.


I'm sure you've got a dozen more ideas to add to the list. Do it. Dream of ways to make your corner of the world beautiful. I'll make you a promise right now: If you start giving, you'll feel the momentum build and you will never stop.

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