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Memorable Quotes on Generosity

May 18, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick

One of my favorite comments from Rick Warren has to do with his insights regarding “creativity.” He once said, in jest no doubt, “Creativity is the ability to cover your sources.” He also observed how people will begin telling a story or a quote by saying, “I read recently that Dr. Jim Collins noted that every great company has to have a BHAG, i.e., a Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goal.” The second time you tell that story you might say, “Someone once said that every great company has to have a BHAG, i.e., a Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goal.” The third time you tell the story you say something like this, “I was doing some thinking lately and concluded that every great company has to have a BHAG, i.e., a Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goal.”

Rick’s observations came to mind as I was thinking about the content for this blog. I don’t know about you, but I am always impressed and motivated when I hear memorable quotes. For whatever reason when I was younger I couldn’t remember many quotes others made even if I tried my very best. As I have gotten older, at least that’s one thing God has given to me as a gift. So, here, with due respect to those who may have said any of the following, are some quotes that have come to mean a great deal to me when it comes to generosity.

I will begin with one by Max Lucado. His observation that “Greed I have often regretted, generosity never” is forever imprinted in my mind.

In John Baillie’s “A Diary of Private Prayer” he wrote, “A wise woman once said, ‘He for whom God is not sufficient asks too much.’” Wow! What a penetrating thought.

Many of you may have heard the following line, but I will state it any way, “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

I’m not sure who said this, but I have found it to be true. When someone says to you, “It’s not about the money; it’s the principle of the thing. Remember this: it’s about the money!”

Allow me to close with this wonderful quote (which I paraphrase) from the sainted Dr. Ozzie Hoffman, “I never apologize asking anybody for money for the greatest cause in the world, the mission of Jesus Christ.”

How about you? What memorable lines cross your mind when you think about generosity?

John Kieschnick
Born in Walburg, Texas, the second youngest of nine children, John Kieschnick received a B.S. in Education from Concordia Teachers’ College, River Forest, Ill. Throughout his ministry, John has served on a variety of synodical boards and committees, both national and district (Texas). He has authored numerous stewardship Bible studies and programs.