true generosity

True generosity is measured not by how much we give away but by how much we have left

Shane Claiborne, (The Irresistible Revolution)

In a time of transition – as it is for so many of us – it’s time to look at the way we live our lives.
I returned from England with a van load of stuff (left with a friend) and two cases of stuff which travelled with me back to Finland. Admittedly a lot of that 50kg was books and PhD material – but still I know I have way too much stuff.

Shane quotes Dorthoy Day who teaches “If you have two coats, one of them belongs to the poor”

The questions isn’t knowing this – it’s what we (you and I) choose to do about it. If we continue with a theology of missing the point (debating the finer points) frankly can we even consider ourselves to be follows of Christ?

 

One Response to “true generosity”

  1. Ruth Says:

    I’m really upset by an obscenely large gap between rich and poor, but I don’t think we’re all called to extreme simplicity or poverty either. I hope I’m not missing the point, but Joseph of Arimathea was described as both rich and a follower of Christ.