* How well do I tip? If I were a waiter or waitress, would I want to wait on myself, based on the way I tip?* What kinds of gifts do I give? Do I give the cheapest things I can find? Do I get anything just to meet an obligation or do I sincerely look for what I believe the person receiving the gift would enjoy?* Do I freely and frequently encourage and compliment other people?* Am I willing to share what I have?* Do I hoard possessions or do I give away what I’m not using?* When I have opportunities to give to those less fortunate than I am, do I give generously? Do I do as much as I can or as little as I can?* If I’m with someone who has a cold and runny nose, and I have been carrying around a package of tissues for weeks, do I give that person only one tissue, or do I offer the entire package so they will have plenty?* Do I give someone else the best-looking steak at dinner or do I keep that one for myself?
We could ask all kinds of questions to “help us locate our level of generosity.” But really, if we’re honest, we know we all have room to grow in this arena and that the opportunities to practice abound. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity to express love.” So let’s practice! Let's think intentionally of others. Let's look and listen for ways to be a blessing dispenser and be one. If we become aware of areas where we are stingy, let's repent and move forward in grace. As Hebrews 10:24 puts it, “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”