As a father, pastor and former missionary, I have come up with the following observation: Sinfulness comes naturally. We did not have to teach our children to be selfish, self-centered or self-indulgent. Maybe their first word was “dada”, but their favorite word is “mine”!
Possession is very important when children are young since their world is transitioning from a “relationship world” (infants) to a “things world” (toddlers). Some people stay stuck in a “things world” (with bigger and better toys). Others mature to the “experiences world” (pre-teens/teens). Some get stuck here as well and live from one “experience” to the next. Hopefully we mature back to a “relationship world”. A time in our life when good relationships make us the most happy and broken relationships make us the most sad.
For those living in the “things world” GREED is as natural as breathing. As people age they learn to hide their greed a little better. “It’s mine”, develops into “I won it” or “I bought it”. The underlying attitude is “I deserve it”.
Funny thing about greed, the more you feed it, the bigger it gets. It is similar to ungratefulness. The more you enable ungratefulness, the worse it gets. Most of us have experienced helping a greedy person. The more you give the more they want. When you finally have to say “no”, they slime you with guilt and anger! Greed and ungratefulness go hand in hand. I wonder, which one comes first? I’m not sure, but it seems as if gratefulness is the cure to greediness AND the door to generosity.
What is so important about generosity? Well for Christians, their God is generous and they have a calling to be conformed into the image of Christ. Speaking of, our example on the earth was so generous, He was willing to give his life as a ransom for our sin. He has given us eternal life when all we deserved was judgment. The thought of that provokes gratitude. It also provokes action – mercy, justice, grace and love. But isn’t that what generosity embodies? … mercy, ju…
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