Being generous is considered to be a ‘good’ thing…generally. But what if you want to achieve greatness, or do difficult things, or have hard conversations? There must be a time to put generosity aside to live in the real world, right?
How do you avoid getting pushed around and becoming a doormat for people because you are generous?
To start with, generosity is borne from a love of people. Here’s part of what that looks like:
Generosity Creates Boundaries
There is a time when simply giving something to someone, be that money, time, freedom, will cause that person harm. It can enable them to continue down a destructive path, or to hurt themselves or others. It is a special act of generosity to create boundaries which protect others and yourself from harm. Just because someone asks you for something it doesn’t mean you have to say yes.
Saying yes to something means saying no to something else. Be intentional about what you say yes to.
Generosity Has Challenging Conversations
Being generous to people means calling them out and inviting them into growth opportunities. It drives someone to embrace the discomfort of a challenging conversation because, by doing that, it has the ability to help someone else grow.
“I love you too much to not see you grow in your humanity” Derwin Gray, former NFL Player, Pastor at Transformation Church.
Generosity creates opportunities for people to grow, develop and improve their lives. It encourages people to change, giving them options.
It is not generous to keep people trapped in a cycle of need, dependence and ignorance.
Generosity doesn’t make you a doormat. Generosity empowers you to empower others on their own journey.