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Wedding Guest Asked To "Adjust" Gift

Contentment Generosity Entitlement

Source: “Outrage over wedding gift that ‘wasn’t generous enough’” By Toby Meyjes for Metro.co.uk, May 10th, 2016 7:55 pm

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-12

Scripture: Hebrews 13:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Toby Meyjes, writing for Metro, reports on a wedding guest who revealed she was contacted by newlyweds to say her gift wasn’t generous enough.

The unnamed guest posted to a forum on Mumsnet asking for advice after she was told the £100 cheque she provided wasn’t enough.

She revealed how the couple, who had asked for cash gifts, had emailed to say they were ‘surprised’ by her contribution and suggested an ‘adjustment.’

She went on to say that the bride and groom declared ‘we were surprised that your contribution didn’t seem to match the warmth of your good wishes on our big day.

They added: ‘In view of your own position, if you wanted to send any adjustment it would be thankfully received.’

The wedding guest assumed that the reference to her position was in regard to a recent inheritance. She then asked …

'Should I reply, ring them, ignore it or what?’

The suggestions ranged from ‘cancelling’ the check, to telling mutual friends about the incident, to sending a glitter bomb. 

Instead, she chose to respond with the following: 

‘I assume this was some sort of mistake?’

 

 

APPLICATION

Many of us struggle with being as generous as our faith calls us to be. But perhaps the real lesson of this story lies at the other end: Learning to be content with what we receive. Judging others for their lack of generosity comes easy.  What’s much harder is to keep one’s own sense of entitlement in check.  The world doesn’t owe us as much as we tend to think.  When we have to resort to shaming others to get what we want out of them, it might be time to let it go. It’s just not worth forfeiting our contentment, not to mention the likelihood of losing a relationship.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you' ” (Hebrews 13:5). 

A Most Generous Christmas Bonus

Christmas Generosity Gratitude

Source: “This Company Gave Every One of Its Employees a $100k Christmas Bonus” by Chris Matthews, published FORTUNE, 12/11/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15 ; Isaiah 9:6

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For a third year running, FORTUNE Magazine has named Hilcorp one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." This year, they certainly proved themselves worthy by awarding each of their 1,380 employees a $100,000 Christmas bonus. That’s right—$100,000 per employee, regardless of their position in the company! The bonuses allow the entire Hilcorp team to share in the company’s success.

This is not the first time Hilcorp has offered extravagant bonuses (a few years ago it offered its employees the choice of a $50,000 car or $35,000 in cash), and no doubt it won’t be the last. The recipients seem to be truly grateful. “It’s just a true gift, and I think myself, along with everyone, is not going to give less than 100 percent each day,” receptionist Amanda Thompson told Fox 4 News in Houston.

APPLICATION

Hilcorp's generosity really is a “true gift.” But what about the original Christmas bonus program?!

Two thousand plus years ago, God presented Himself to all mankind as the truest of all true gifts. He came to live for us and to die for us so that He could offer us the bonus of all bonuses—eternal life, offered equally to each one, regardless of our position, rank, or status.

If the employees of Hilcorp can be so motivated by $100,000 to give “100 percent each day” back to the company, how much more ought we give of ourselves 100 percent in service and gratitude to the One who gave it ALL for us!

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

Pass The Plate

Giving Generosity Witness

Source: "Church gives pizza driver $1,000 tip from collection plate," by Associated Press October 13, 2015 at 9:05 AM

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-23

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:7

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — According to the WASHINGTON POST, a church ordered a pizza from Domino’s during a church service. What happened next drew national attention:

The driver brought the $5.99 pizza to Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington in suburban Columbus on Oct. 4. The Rev. Steve Markle brought her onstage and asked her the biggest tip she’d ever received. She said about $10.

That’s when Markle told her the teaching at the church had been about generosity so the congregation had taken up an offering for the driver. She broke into tears.

The young woman was moved to tears because the congregation tipped her more than $1,000 from the offering.

APPLICATION

We hear a lot about mega churches paying mega pastors mega salaries to build mega ministries. But how many churches, regardless of size, get an “atta-boy” from the Washington Post?  And it was all because a pastor decided to pass an offering plate to bless a young woman--a stranger to them--and the members responded generously. It cost the church budget nothing, yet this simple act drew national attention to this ministry. In a world where generosity is rare, the echo of it travels far, indeed.

Take as another example the early church. Although marginalized and severely persecuted, the fledgling church changed the world through countless small acts of love and generosity. Rather than meeting big budgets, they focused on meeting the demonstrable needs of others, and their love and generosity has echoed down to us today.

But as great as it is for a church to actually get some good press, the most significant thing about this story is that this offering wasn't taken for the media attention, it was taken to please God. And suely it did, for God loves it when we are generous. He loves it and He uses it. That's because the world isn’t impressed by the size of our churches as much as by the size of our hearts.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

What Prompts You To Give It Away

Motivation Generosity Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-27

Scripture: John 3:16

Author: Stan Copeland
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CEO Slashes Own Salary to Better Pay His Employees

Generosity Jealousy Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Luke 6:39 ; Matthew 20:1

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Giving Quotes

Giving Quotes Giving Generosity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Various

Author: Various
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Ford vs. Cadilliac

Spiritual Gifts Honesty Generosity

Contributed By: John Wilson | Date Posted: 2015-03-08

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:12

Author: Martin Luther King
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New Report Shows the Wealthy Give Less When Times Are Tough

Generosity Affluence Compassion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-20

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Why The Poor Exist

Poverty Compassion Generosity

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2014-05-03

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
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Your Generosity Makes You Indispensible

Generosity Giving Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-26

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:7 ; Acts 11:29

Author: Authorship attributed variously to David Jeremiah
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