Imagine a world where everyone was generous. Why is it so hard to give to people in need when we already have so much? Why do we always want more?
Often the poor are the most generous people. They take in orphaned children, give their few possessions to foreign visitors as a sign of honor, and share with those who have less in their villages. Why is it easier for them when they are giving all they have and we have so much excess?
Listen to a few stories of people who have traveled to other countries and who were on the receiving end of extreme generosity. What can you do this month to give of yourself to others?
- Why do you think it's easier to give things away when you have less? Why do we want more and more and more? Why does it get harder to give the more we have?
- Generosity isn't just about giving things or money, there are many things you can give that don't cost anything. What are some things you can think of?
- Who could you be generous to today?
- What would the world look like if those who had more shared more with those who have less?
- How would your Christmas wish list look if you lived in another country? Would it change what's on the list?
- Write a letter to Santa from the perspective of a girl your age in a poor country. What might she be asking for this year? Compare that letter with your own. What does it make you think?
- Use the MGA Generosity Calendar this month and challenge yourself to be more generous. Film yourself when you do it and share with us here or on social media by tagging us. Sharing your acts of generosity will inspire others to do the same.
- Set up a personal giving campaign this Christmas. Take one or two items off your Christmas wish list and ask family and friends to instead use the money the item would cost and donate to your giving campaign. You get MGA points, and the money goes to help someone who has less than you.