Imagine with me for a second that you’re standing in front of a buffet table full of your favorite foods. As you look over the table, you realize that there’s no way you could eat it all yourself and you’re in no rush to try. Now imagine that the room is suddenly full of other people. They’re all looking at the food and beginning to make their plates. You know that there’s more than enough food to go around, but you still feel a sense of urgency to get some for yourself. Even though you aren’t hungry, you’re piling your plate high with as much food as possible; maybe you’re even annoyed with the other people in the room. All of a sudden, instead of being excited about the food itself, you’re only concerned with making sure that there is enough for you. A moment of blessing has quickly turned into fear that you won’t have enough. A full table is a sign of abundance, but if we aren’t careful, a scarcity mentality will convince us that there isn’t enough to go around. So many people in our churches struggle with this fear. Scarcity tells us that there is a limited amount of resources in the world and we must shore up enough for ourselves. A scarcity mentality is the opposite of the Generosity Gene. Instead of looking for opportunities to bless others and share the resources God has given us, scarcity demands that we close our wallets, hearts, and minds. We don’t look for chances to give because we are too concerned with fighting off people who would try to take what belongs to us. Scarcity says that there is not enough to go around; generosity reminds us that we have enough to share. [bctt tweet="Scarcity says that there is not enough to go around; generosity reminds us that we have enough to share." username="dukematlock"] A scarcity mentality creates competition, fear, and paranoia. The Generosity Gene looks for opportunities to give, share, and bless others. If you can tackle the scarcity mentality in your church, you open the door for your people to live in abundance. I would encourage you to tackle this issue head on–preach about it, pray about it, and confront it. Don’t allow fear and scarcity to rob your people of the gift of giving. John Maxwell says in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership that people do what people see. If you want your people to overcome this mentality, you must lead by example. Lead with open hands, not closed fists. Give generously and abundantly. If you want some hands-on tips for driving out the scarcity mentality, check out this article. There is so much you can do to conquer this issue in your church. Don’t put this off; get started today and open the door for generosity. [bctt tweet="Lead with open hands, not closed fists." username="dukematlock"]
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