I’ve just started reading a great new book that I wanted to share with you all. It’s called I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life by Brad Formsma. It’s filled with stories of regular people just like you and me giving generously in irregular ways.
I was introduced to the “I Like Giving” campaign about a year ago when someone showed me a video online, called “I Like Car.” In it a woman is given a car. Not just any car, but a brand new SUV, and not just any SUV, but one in the color she wanted. And not just any woman, but someone who gave of herself to others and was loved by those around her. They bought her a car. I love it when she says, “I knew God had many cars, but I didn’t know he had a new one for me.” You can’t watch these stories without getting choked up.
The goal of the organization is to promote generous giving in both small and big ways, and to give people a chance to tell their stories and inspire others through stories and videos, believing that “generosity inspires generosity.”
Giving strangers compliments, randomly giving $5 gift cards for coffee to your coworkers, buying a new car for someone in need, and adopting special needs children are some of the stories and ways people give.
Author Brad Formsma shares part of his personal story of how his life and family have been transformed by living a life of generous giving.
Embracing generosity as a lifestyle started to give us joy and satisfaction and brought a whole new dimension to our family.
What was happening to us?
We were discovering the excitement of giving because it was our idea. This way of giving brought with it such good feeling that I started to look for other opportunities to give in everyday life.
I’ve been thinking a lot about giving lately as part of having a heart of thanksgiving, so the timing of receiving this book couldn’t have been better. And in the spirit of being thankful, I’m thankful that I work at a company where Dave Ramsey has relationships with generous people like Brad Formsma who generously gave all 400 team members a free copy of the book. Because he’s a generous giver.
Check out the site for more inspiration at www.ilikegiving.com. Share your story of giving below.