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Georgia Koutsos: Essay on Generosity

My definition for generosity is that, even if you are in need yourself, you are concerned for the wellbeing of others, and you are always willing to give all you can. You are truly selfless and give more than what is given to you. This unceasing generosity is often, if not always, displayed by God because he loves us immensely. As stated in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

God always has and always will continue to show us His abundant, neverending generosity even if we don’t necessarily deserve it. One of the greatest, most generous things God has ever done for us was create the world. The Bible tells of the wonders of creation in many instances, including Job 12:10, “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Along with creation, God the Father has blessed us with the sacraments, sent us the Holy Spirit, and loves us more than anything else. We are his children, and He is our Father.

Along with God, Jesus also displays His generosity in countless situations. There are many chapters and verses in the Bible dedicated to how Jesus heals the sick and injured. For example, when Jesus healed the blind man in Mark 8:25, “Then Jesus laid His hands on the man’s eyes, and He opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” Jesus didn’t only cure the disabled, He cared for others, He spoke to them, forgave them, and showed them love. “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.

My parents and parents all over the world are constantly doing generous things for their children. They make sacrifices for us everyday, and we may take that for granted. Parents spend all day, working their 9 to 5 jobs, just to come home and then cook diner, or drive you to soccer practice. They hardly ever get break time, and it’s a hard job to have, raising a future member of society. I’m very fortunate to have such humble, loving, generous people in my life as role models, and I believe that parents are definitely contributors to the generous community that I live in.

Other generous people in our world today are those who work in the armed forces. From police cars to jet planes, each and every member of the armed forces shows generosity on a day-to-day basis. These men and women will go out of their way, or even risk their lives to assure your safety. The amount of bravery and loyalty they exhibit for our country is truly unbeatable. They train, work and fight, while still having families and pets to take care of. We are extremely lucky to have teams of honorable people devoting their lives to our protection.

Generosity can be found anywhere, but where I most see it displayed is through Mary. God had a plan for her, and she accepted. She never doubted Him, no second thoughts. When the angel came to her, only a teenager, she said yes to God. She gave birth to the Messiah, the Savior, and had to watch Him die. She was humble, and did what Jesus said, because she knew she could trust Him. She wasn’t afraid, she never lost faith.

Watching and hearing about these great people do generous deeds inspires me to do the same. There are so many ways to display generosity, and they don’t need to be for recognition. Actions like praying for others, building people up, donating, and even doing chores without complaining are ways that I can be generous. Generosity is one of the greatest virtues, and it’s something I hope to be able to practice daily. By giving, it’s almost like a way to receive, a way to give back to God for all he’s given to you.

In conclusion, generosity is vital to the world, and the cooperation of mankind. If we weren’t generous, there would be barely any agreements at all. Countries wouldn’t have allies, friends wouldn’t share, it would be every man for himself, and it wouldn’t end well. Generosity is something we all need, and it’s changing the world for the better. You could say that generosity makes the world go round, a glue that keeps everything together, a way to show your gratitude for all of your blessings.

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