Thoughts are incredibly important. What and how we think create the foundations of how we see and approach the world. Our thoughts shape the way we live. So, positive thoughts are much better than negative thoughts because they have the power to create positive experiences.
Generous thoughts are amazing. Thinking about someone through a framework of generosity is one of the most positive things we can do with our mind.
But only if it leads to action.
Generous thoughts are not generosity. Generosity can only be achieved through actions.
A great theologian once said,
Suppose you see someone who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
A generous person is not generous by their thinking alone, but ultimately by their actions.
How can you tell if you are being generous? Your behaviour will show you.