Growing up in a Christian society I have, on more than one occasion, heard about giving generously and receiving glory. Many passages in the bible talk about giving to the Lord, giving to those in need. The implication of those using those passages is that in doing so we will be rewarded. Gratitude has been ingrained to be a give and take relationship. If I give I will be rewarded, you reap what you sow, as 2nd Corinthians 9: 6-8 in the Bible states:
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Even to this day I practice this type of generosity. I give what I have decided in my heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion. Although my personal belief of God has changed, my generosity has not. If I am reluctant to give, I often find there is a reason. If I am compelled to give I find that the generosity is not as rewarding as if I was not compelled to.
~Candice C Carver