My knee-jerk reaction: Be generous with what?
My initial thought is to be generous with financial wealth, but time is probably the thing the I should focus on....Or perhaps that's a financial avoidance issue! ;-)
It seems to me that the poor tend to be more generous with their money than the wealthy. Why is that, do you suppose?
The more we have the more we have to lose?
The more tendrils there are to wrap around our hearts and keep our fingers clenched around our stuff?
What of love and affection? It seems the more love and affection we receive, the more generous we are with it. Reminds me of a song we sang in youth choir back in the 70's: Magic Penny. "Love is something if you give it away...you end up having more. It's just like a magic penny. Lend it, spend it, you'll have so many, they'll roll all over the floor."
So money and wealth are very different than love and affection. The more money we have, the less generous we are with it. The more love and affection we have, the more willing we are to be generous with it. Love grows and overflows, whereas wealth inspires us to build bigger barns for it. I guess that's why Jesus spent so much time talking about wealth.
Lent is a good time for us to think about our material possessions, for none of us is taking it with us. Why hold on to it, short of paying the bills and guaranteeing our human needs are covered? A mentality of scarcity permeates our society while Jesus advocated for enough, it seems. And sharing. When we share what we have with others, there is enough.
There's much more to ponder here...maybe later, if I get some time. ;-)
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)