19Sep

the abc’s of digital generosity

ABC's of Digital Generosity

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:32, NIV

By Tami Heim

Amid the volatile exchange of cyber conversation, you have the potential to establish common ground, build community, and intensify the light that comes from sharing your faith and God’s truth.

Network platforms are dynamic places. Here the digitally generous Christ follower discovers whatever flows from a pure heart is multiplied and returned in abundance. Outreach is amped and lives change.

  • Have you ever considered the measure and impact of your digital generosity?
  • Have you ever thought about how your online generosity reflects the character of Christ?
  • Are you giving to others as generously as God has given to you?
  • Are you sharing everything you have for the good of others and the advancement of the Kingdom?

Prayerfully read through the ABC’s of digital generosity. Click on the scriptures. Use them as a look in the mirror. Which behaviors or characteristics best describe you? Measure yourself against each one and then ask the Holy Spirit to help you become the generous and holy online ambassador God desires you to be.

The ABC’s of Digital Generosity

Acknowledge – You are quick to acknowledge God’s role in your life, your faith, and the good you see in others. (I Chronicles 28:9)

Bless– You invoke God’s favor, mercy, and benefit on others and their circumstances. (I Corinthians 9:23)

Compassionate – You respond to causes, needs, and  the hurts that prevail in the life of others.  (Mark 6:34)

Donate – You open your heart at the tug of the Holy Spirit and frequently agree to offer time, money or other resources as you’re lead. (James 1:27)

Educate – You post timely and useful information that clarifies, explains, or expands understanding on a given topic. (Acts 7:22)

Faithfulness – You show up. Friends and followers know you’ll be there for them. They count on you to be His light and shine brightly online. (III John 1:3)

Gracious – You take the high road and love right over status updates that promote criticism or anger. You recognize hurt people and you respond in love. (Psalm 86:15)

Hopeful – You see possibilities when others don’t and are the catalyst who replaces discouragement with optimism. You stand in the drift of negative banter and redirect it with perspective and truth. (Ephesians 1:18)

Inclusive – You notice when someone is absent or not participating in a conversation you know would interest them. You deliberately invite them to engage in the discussion. (Genesis 28:3)

Just – You defend those that may be harshly judged, criticized, or discounted. You use your platforms to become a voice for those who don’t have one. (Zachariah 7:9)

Kind – You offer words of encouragement and praise. It’s easy for you to hit the ‘like’ button and spread content that inspires you. (Jeremiah 9:24)

Leadership – You understand the power of your words to influence others so your posts and comments are good, kind, and true. (Exodus 34:27)

Mention – You consistently call others by name in posts, blogs, and updates. You freely use links to give credit where it’s due and delight in doing it often. (I Corinthians 11:2)

Network – You find opportunities to connect people with similar interests. Recommending people is part of your daily online routine. You find joy when your followers becoming friends with each other. (Acts 2:44)

Other-focused – You sincerely care about what’s on the hearts of others and will do your part to support an individual’s passion and message. You share their updates and blogs on your networks. People know you are here to help.  (Matthew 22:39)

Pray – You are quick to spot a prayer request and let people know you are praying for them. You keep a journal and follow-up to see how things are going. (John 17:9)

Quality – You’re drawn to praiseworthy content and share whatever reflects the beauty of the creator, excellence, and wise counsel. (Philippians 4:8)

Relevant – You understand what’s dominating the current conversation, global sensitivities, and contribute to those discussions with a Christ-centered worldview. (Acts 2:17)

Serve – You are consistently the first one to answer a question, do a search, or respond to a cry for help. It’s fun to share a tip that makes life easier for someone. (Matthew 20:28)

Thankful – You seize every opportunity to offer praise and thanksgiving to God for all you have and the positive way others impact your life. (Revelation 11:7)

Uplifting – You know just  what to say when is needs to be said. You shatter sadness with gladness. (Acts 20:2)

Value – You esteem others above yourself. You value people with the same heart that God values them and you let them know it. (I Timothy 4:8)

Welcoming – You enthusiastically greet, shout-out, and welcome new and old friends you see in the daily stream.  Your followers instantly feel comfortable communicating with you. (II Corinthians 13:13)

XOXO – You lovingly communicate and express heart-felt affection for those that you hold dear. Some days all someone needs from you are the words: You. Are. Loved. (Romans 16:26)

Yield – You admit mistakes, seek forgiveness, and react with humility if you offend or overstep a boundary. (Joshua 24:23)

Zeal – You’re passionate and on point regarding purpose, mission, and values. People know where you stand. People find you inspiring and infectious. (Isaiah 42:13)

Who comes to mind as digitally generous among your friends and followers? Give them a shout-out in the comment section!

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  • Tami Heim

    I’m grateful for all these amazingly generous people – if you aren’t following them you should. They are great examples for all of us:
    @AdamTaylorBond:twitter @Daveingland:twitter @JOYFULLTOO:twitter @SandraHeskaKing:twitter @Dedraherod:twitter @Heartcures:twitter @SueDuffield:twitter @MichelleSarabia:twitter @RachelHauck:twitter @Sx3inSC:twitter @Fireball3316:twitter  @Favored1Aqua:twitter @suto13:twitter @PragmaticDAYS:twitter   @coffeesassy:twitter  @GordonMarcy:twitter @ssells:twitter  @RozanneFrazee:twitter   

  • Tami Heim

    …and the list continues:
    @Cburge:twitter @PeterPollack:twitter @LindaSeidler:twitter @Evangelist:twitter @elagrew:twitter @SandySandMeyer:twitter @CTNonline:twitter  @spreadingJoy:twitter  @tamikeason:twitter  @WhiteHouseFMC:twitter @MaryandLamar:twitter  @poeticthoughts:twitter  @@Sx3inSC:twitter @AllisonAllen:twitter @flowingfaith:twitter @Kmac4Him:twitter @ejswensson:twitter @robyncollins:twitter @flygirljc:twitter @epicparent:twitter @oheisner:twitter @NancyReese:twitter @RobinBertram:twitter 

  • Tami Heim

    Okay…..there are so many more….who will you add?

  • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

    Wonderful post, Tami! Love the ABC format & the content reflects your heart. Beautiful. Thank you!

  • http://sandysandmeyer.wordpress.com/ Sandy

    Thanks so much for thinking of me Tami!  That was so sweet!!!  XOXOXO

  • Anonymous

    I am grateful for you and Toni.. amazingly generous people that encourage me to follow harder after Christ.  Completely honored friend.  All for Christ – Dedra

  • Rachelhauck

    Great post, Tami! Love all of this. Going to study up on it.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great post and I must say that I love what you’ve done with the letter “x”. So creative.

    You, my dear friend, certainly do know the abc’s of generosity well and display them in amazing ways. I’m forever grateful that I had the opportunity to enjoy a 3 hour lunch with you.

    LYI!

  • Tami Heim

    You are always so thoughtful and engaging. I always feel you present and that means the world to me. xoxo

  • Anonymous

    PS: I would like to add @vesselproject @steveberger @br8kthru @collfosh @ScottyJWS @jenniferowhite & @emptybelly

  • Tami Heim

    Let me just say that when you do – I hope you know to give yourself a yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes….from top to bottom. I love what you do with your Friends Daily – a perfect example of bringing together people and topics you love together in one place.

  • Tami Heim

    HMMMM. I thought we were the ones being encouraged by YOU. Seriously – I see you in all of these. You are a joy in the stream and in our hearts. #All4Him

  • Tami Heim

    And we see them in your heart, dear one. (You also have a way of wrapping each one in a blanket of gentleness.)

  • Tami Heim

    And we see them in your heart, dear one. (You also have a way of wrapping each one in a blanket of gentleness.)

  • Tami Heim

    Awe @slcsand:disqus – that’s credit where credit is due. XOXOXO

  • Tami Heim

    Awe @slcsand:disqus – that’s credit where credit is due. XOXOXO

  • Tami Heim

    Me2 me2 – See we need everyone to contribute – so many people are doing it right. / #All4Him. THANKS @melindalancaster:disqus 

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.sprad Chris Spradlin

    thanks for the EP love my friend!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m quite certain the my online ministry has been strengthened because of the @stickyJesus community. Thank you for allowing me to link arms with you. 

  • Tami Heim

    His plan is that we be one – working together. It’s a joy that we have this time to serve shoulder by shoulder – key by key for His purpose and plan. It’s a privilege to be on assignment with you, @GordonMarcy:disqus ! 

  • Tami Heim

    @facebook-679123046:disqus – We love your heart and passion for families. You’re doing an amazing job using technology to help parents fulfill their life role leadership resonsibilities. You faithfully show up, educate, and lead. Your mark will be felt on this next generation. We bless you for all you do!

  • Tami Heim

    Others among the digitally generous!
    @amysorrells:twitter  @Mels_World:twitter @patsyclairmont:twitter  @YouthPastorTee:twitter  @Candacezz:twitter @collfosh:twitter  @gritandglory:twitter @jendeshler:twitter @kimcashtate:twitter @amyparker:twitter @reneefiorilli:twitter @drcristy:twitter @mbstockdale:twitter @rosevotro:twitter @nancynaigle:twitter @pamcase:twitter 
    Who else do you find to be digitally generous? Help us expand the list of the digitally generous. Consider following those you find listed here!  #HisLightOnline

  • http://www.gritandglory.com/ Alece

    thank you, sweet friend! love you!

  • Mary Beth

    You are too kind. And what a list to be in!!

  • Tami Heim

    @ab6e7f42f384f54feeef305015b2f190:disqus YOU always offer encouragement and a kind nod. It’s just always GOOD when you are around. :)

  • Tami Heim

    @gritandglory:disqus The love in your heart spills into your words and all the spaces in between. There’s a special glow around the light you are.

  • http://www.gritandglory.com/ Alece

    i cannot even begin to tell you how encouraging your words are to my heart right now. thank you… 

  • Rozannef

    @TamiHeim I learn so much from you and @sticky Jesus! Thank you for this post. As a new Tweeter and blogger I have so much to learn. Thank you! I am humbled by your shout out! XXOO.

  • Kim Cash Tate

    Love you, my digitally generous friend! Thank you for the kind mention….I’m following you as you follow Christ. xoxo

  • Kim Cash Tate

    Love you, my digitally generous friend! Thank you for the kind mention….I’m following you as you follow Christ. xoxo

  • Tami Heim

    We appreciate you @KimCashTate:twitter and delight that we travel this walk with you –  side by side. So is there anyone you want to add to the list? 

  • http://twitter.com/collfosh Colleen Foshee

    Thank you so much for the kindness of your mention Tami. Really I don’t feel generous, just excited to be in God’s family with so many other cool people and such a great message to share! It’s hard not to want to engage.  :)

  • Tamika Eason

    @StickyJesus is the sweet spot in my digital day! You Ladies keep my eyes lifted and my heart light. Truly.

  • Melinda Ysaguirre

    Awesome post. Awesome people. AWESOME God! o/
    Love the digital ABC’s, concepts, and verses displaying love and generosity we can deposit in our online communitites and into the hearts of those around us in our daily lives   
    Thank you, dear friend. Your light and love blaze the online trails for us.
    ((( You. Are. Loved. @TamiHeim:disqus @tonibirdsong:disqus  xoxo )))
     LYI

  • Tami Heim

    Oh dear friend…YOU helped write the book… @e9c56dea90a6f8d6d514b37d605e1aa1:disqus in your presence the world gets a glimpse of the character of Christ. Thanks for inspiring us…Always.And.Forever.

  • Melinda Ysaguirre

    I’d like to add these digitally generous friends to the list:
    @BarbParentini:disqus @lisabuffaloe:disqus @cgbrofmi:disqus @TwangyTexan:disqus @creativelady:disqus @JaridWilson:disqus  @100prayingwomen:disqus @worldprayer:disqus 
    These Pastors encourage and inspire:
    @MaxLucado:disqus @RonEdmondson:disqus @pwilson:disqus @stevenfurtick:disqus 

  • Tami Heim

    Our kindness is simply a reflection of yours. You give a nod, uplifting word, and always have the wisdom to say what needs to be said….at the PERFECT time.
    We appreciate you @twitter-17781217:disqus ! 

  • Tami Heim

    @574ab8c127160527a0c9c78361fe9b3d:disqus guess what? How you shine here is no different than how you shine…All.The.Time. For you this is natural. You know the value of community and doing life together. Who you are and who you are in Christ floods this space. (and we are all blessed by it!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelissaMashburnMelsWorld Melissa Scarbrough Mashburn

    You may have to pick me up off the floor…I am so humbled and honored to be in a group with so many incredible people…seriously. I am re-reading that list and shaking my head…thank you so much Tami, you have no idea how much you just blessed my socks right off. :) Melissa aka Mels_World

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelissaMashburnMelsWorld Melissa Scarbrough Mashburn

    I completely agree…Alece does shine like Jesus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelissaMashburnMelsWorld Melissa Scarbrough Mashburn

    ahhh yes, Kim Cash Tate…she is a wonderful woman of God with a great big heart too!

  • Tami Heim

    @gritandglory:disqus A smile on your heart puts a bigger one on mine. Love you BIG.

  • Tami Heim

    @facebook-1089485256:disqus You need to know the blessing you are to so many – just being the wonderful YOU that God created you to be. We hear the beat of His heart in you.

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks @b496e65043fbadd55a095a114ebf3824:disqus We love seeing you in the daily flow. You are always kind and we love your zeal for Jesus. Bless you friend.

  • Farrell Sari

    You both, Tami and Toni, inspire me to be a better person. Your tweets and posts bring such positiveness into my life-I am forever thankful for your friendship. Thank you for mentioning me among these wonderful people. PBWY

  • Anonymous

    I’m late to the party but here are just a “few” of my favs:

     @youmatter2god @kmac4him @favored1aqua @gracechapellf @ourthriftstore @kingval @amyparker @tellmisty @mikeenglishfan  @daveingland @sueduffield @martiveto @gordonmarcy @soonguy @generousmind @joyfulltoo@dlynchtn @fireball3316 @patsyclairmont @stevewillhite  @danalbyers @kireinaminori @JoeyBasta@jeremycamp @teasicannon @edenvalley  @rachelhauck @chasingnehemiah @justapen @oikosministries  @teresawhite @spreadingjoy@allisonallen @troybirdsong @steve_berger @editorjamiec @heart4heaven@jendeshler @aprilpoynter @heartcures @sandraheskaking @CHRISTsDenaE
    @RefinedinChrist @Rev_Gene 

  • Anonymous

    oh, and then there’s . . .  @thedavidmullen @LynneBW @RichieUnderhill @davebuehring @aVeryStory  @collfosh @mcProdigal @KarynBrownlee @100prayingwomen  @PamCase

    @NancyReece @PastorCarolK1 @adiecamp

     

  • Tami Heim

    I was counting on you my beloved sister to EXPAND the list. Great job. xxoo

  • Tami Heim

    @89b89673579d25988d2986024765ff65:disqus  We love your pure and kind heart. Thanks for always passing on the peace that lives in you. #PBWY always.

  • http://twitter.com/collfosh Colleen Foshee

    Happy to find I am already following so many here. Catching up with the rest of you! Must be a Holy Spirit hook up at work! :) Thanks Tami and Toni.