Even though the remaining weeks of the year may be a busy time for families, they are also an opportunity for meaningful conversations about generosity. Leverage these moments well, engaging your family in conversations to go deeper together in lasting values. You may find the questions and topics below helpful to integrate into your discussions:
1) Discuss causes you enjoyed supporting. What made those meaningful?
Whether you support the same causes year after year or tend to give broadly, making space to touch base with your family and evaluate your generosity is important. Make sure you are all still in alignment as to what matters and why it matters. Are there things you have learned that you may want to apply to next year?
2) What does legacy mean to your family?
At The Signatry, we talk about legacy as the social, emotional, spiritual, and financial capital you pass on to next generations. What does this mean to your family? As you look back on your generosity from the year, what insights does it give your family into the legacy you want to leave? Taking time to clarify your vision and purpose is important to make sure you are making meaningful progress towards those goals. Legacy is shaped by our intentionality.
3) What would it mean to have a reputation of generosity?
In his book Genius of Generosity, Chip Ingram states that “giving money and time are the training wheels of generosity.” They are the basics that God calls us to lay down. In your family, how did you grow in generosity this year? Where was your faith stretched as you were more generous with your plans, your future, and your heart? Beginning to cast vision around what it means to be generous as a family may make us uncomfortable at first. However, it later rewards us as an introduction to an incredibly joy-filled, Kingdom-led life, and that is a life worth pursuing.
4) Create a family giving statement for 2022.
With generosity, it is all too easy to slip into routines and comfort zones. Use this time at the end of the year to renew your purpose and vision. Pray sincerely together about where God is calling you to grow and invite all your family members to contribute their ideas, values, and insights into a collective purpose statement.
As your family gathers at Christmas, our prayer is that celebrating the ultimate generosity of God inspires you to further reflect Him. Chip Ingram describes us as mirrors of generosity:
If you could stand outside our world and look into it, you would see a stark picture. The world operates on principles of getting and keeping and controlling, with everyone competing against each other for pieces of the pie. But if you look at the Incarnation through the lens of generosity, you would have to conclude that the Kingdom of God operates on different principles than the world does.
We become small mirrors of the generosity of the King. That’s life in the Kingdom. That’s pure genius. And it can radically change not only your life but also your world. – Chip Ingram
You and your family were created with intentional purpose. Together, you will impact the world in the unique ways God created for you, so lean into the adventure.