the generosity of Prince George

By Daniel Jones | 23 October 2013

The generosity of Prince George

Family occasions do seem to bring out the worst in us when it comes to gift buying.

And today, as Prince George is christened, we’re sure to bear witness to some of the most extraordinary and peculiar gifts of all (what does a young prince do with a wild flower meadow in the Transylvanian hills?).

The most ludicrous have a sense of inevitability about them but, refreshingly, his family are keen to turn the generosity spotlight from their son to children in much more need than their own.

No gifts please – other children need your generosity more than ours.

As a spokesperson for the palace comments "To harness this extraordinary generosity of spirit, they suggest people might at this time look to support those more in need; perhaps a children's charity local to them."

He doesn’t know it yet but, in his honour, other children in much less extraordinary circumstances  may recall today as the day that they too were treated like royalty

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” the old Proverb goes.

Using this important family occasion in the quiet, generous service of others gives a refreshing glimpse of the values that his parents wish to instil in him as he grows.

 

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photo by Emerson Utracik. Used under Creative Commons Licence.

Posted by Daniel Jones

Daniel is Stewardship’s Chief Generosity Officer and is passionate about finding new and innovative ways to encourage and inspire Christians in their giving, and helping those who receive to do so with excellence. Daniel advises denominations on stewardship and giving, and is a serial trustee of small community organisations. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @dmjonesoir

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