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This year I am taking part in 40 acts of giving back, doing good and living generously. Day one kicked off with Start a Journal, a perfect starting point to focus on all the wonderful things to be grateful for – to really pay attention!

Day two, is a jar of generosity. This is a jar to save, not for a rainy day, not for a new pair of shoes, but to be generous.

In a world where we can no longer afford to give money as we scrape through our purses each month for a spare pound to buy a loaf of bread, how easy is it to tip your loose change into a jar…to save to give.

To make the conscious effort to stow away small amounts that would go unnoticed, or be thrown into the bottom of your handbag until the two times a year you actually sort through and clean out.

When most of the world’s population is living on so little, how can we not feel rich?

Let’s lower our comparison. We may not have a fancy car, a four bedroom house, a tropical holiday each year, but hey…we have a flushing toilet! We have fresh water, we have access to medicine, we have a health system, we have food, and clothing and hygiene products.

We have more than we notice as we take our lives for granted each and every day. We thank God for all that we have but inside we are still longing for more. We are still wishing we could have what they have.

When we compare ourselves to others who have more than we do, we are only creating in ourselves a discontented heart.

And a discontented heart is not a godly heart!

So let’s give! Even when we don’t have enough. Because God will always provide when we are working to his plan.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased

Hebrews 13:16

If you want to give but feel unable, then I encourage you to start a jar of generosity. Give slowly, piece by piece. What we don’t notice each day could be a blessing for someone else.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

If you want to take part in 40 acts of giving back, doing good and living generously then you can sign up at 40acts.org.uk.

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