As Christians we know that our essence is to be generous, so that is where we begin—from the heart. On our best day, we begin by praying for people. From there we offer one of our most generous gifts, the gift of compassion, of listening, of accompanying someone when they need a steady friend. And yes, very likely we will be generous by doing little things and big things, and perhaps giving money.
But this isn’t just about us being generous. When we realize that we also need this generosity, when we become aware that we may be on someone else’s list as someone in need of prayer and compassion, then generosity becomes an act of giving and receiving— from a humble heart.