As I am writing this, it is less than one week from Christmas, and my wife and I have spent the last several days finalizing our gift giving plans. I recently began to wonder if the receivers of our gifts will feel that they have been given a generous gift. I concluded that generosity is rarely dependent on the amount of the gift, but for a gift to be considered generous, it should be meaningful to the receiver.
Through this process, I realized that if the gift is going to feel meaningful to the gift receiver, then at least one of the following criteria should be met:
Wow, what a revelation! Generosity is not measured by the amount or cost of the gift but how the gift can connect with the receiver.
At Christmas time, you hear sermons about the generosity of God in the gift of “Emmanuel,” who emptied Himself and became a baby born to Mary and Joseph. As I think about this gift, I wonder if it passes one of the above criteria for being meaningful to the receiver. Well, here is what I conclude:
If you are reading this blog, you probably have some interest in what God is doing through SAT-7 to make the Gospel available; and I want to challenge you to be generous – more than something measured in quantifiable terms, but recognizing that your gifts also meet the gift criteria for the receiver. Regarding your past and future gifts to SAT-7:
So, as you consider your year-end gift giving through SAT-7, I want to personally thank you for your partnership in ministry and for your generosity, as your gifts are indeed meaningful to those who receive them.
May God continue to bless you and your family in the New Year.
John Frick, M.B.A., M.A.C.M., C.F.R.E. is the Vice President of Development at SAT-7 USA. He is a gifted speaker and has had many opportunities to address civic, political, and church groups regarding various current events and issues. He is passionate about the cause of the poor both in spirit and in body, as well as giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. His full leadership bio is available here.