Act 15: Leg Up

Real generosity leaps into action to bless others, even when it comes at a cost to us. Give away something that you could charge real money for. You may not think you’re particularly great with technology, but if your granny really needs to know how to use a computer, then you can do as good a job as any at showing her. Teach a beginner some guitar chords. Do bike maintenance for kids on your street. Share your skills, at a cost to yourself. – James Doc

Verse for the day:

“Wealth and honour come from you… In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all… [W]ho am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given only what comes from your hand.” 
(1 Chronicles 29:12–14)

Today’s options:

GREEN OPTION:

Look over your teachable skills. If you can, schedule a lesson with a newbie today.

YELLOW OPTION:

If you usually charge for teaching a skill, today do it for free.

RED OPTION:

Take on a new client or student, long-term, for free.

What did I do?

Gosh another tricky one. My work skills and legal technical knowledge are useless to anyone outside the UK. So that’s out. (Although I did recently explain something over email for someone, but that was so easy it was hardly a challenge).

I love baking and bake regularly. That’s something I could share (and the results are shared). I’m on the church baking rota too (cakes for visitors and guests). I like making greetings cards but it’s not something I’ve had time for of late. I like to write but haven’t had any formal training.

I decided to bake some more. Whilst not teaching skills the results of the baking could be shared. My daughter’s youth group meet in Friday evenings so I baked some salted caramel cupcakes to take with her. (Hungry teenagers always appreciate cakes! )

My neighbour had also very kindly lent me her treadmill and delivered it this morning whilst I was out. Some cupcakes seemed the ideal way to say thank you. So they received some too.

Spreading joy is not necessarily sharing the skills but it’s part way there. Enjoy!

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