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I am in the middle of a book titled “Born to Run.” It is about the Raramuri people in Mexico who are some of the best ultrarunners in the world. Most of the time when I see runners, they are gritting their teeth, bearing down and making a push for the front. One of the many secrets for the Raramuri is that they just love to run so they always have smiles on their faces.

So I began to look at people around me. It is generally predictable about who loves life and is really living it to the fullest – they have smiles on their faces.

Consider your own facial expressions this week, notice those of others. Perhaps if someone is not smiling you can give out a smile just to brighten their day.

Makes me wonder about what facial expression Jesus had as he ministered.

 

Why question generosity?

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Recently CNN covered a story about Aaron Collins who died 3 weeks after his 30th birthday. Since his 20s Aaron had asked that upon his death three things take place: to repay his parents any debt he may have owed, to give a homeless person some money and to leave “an awesome tip” for a waiter or waitress. “I’m not talking about 25%. I mean $500 for a … pizza,” Collins wrote in his will, according to his brother.

Aaron wanted to be generous. He once left a $50 tip when he received really bad service just to make someone’s day better. But people are skeptics. There is a lot of talk about internet scams to raise money for Aaron’s family to continue giving away money on his behalf. Arguments about whether or not Aaron committed suicide.

I think that people are just set on edge when it comes to generosity.

What are your thoughts?