“It is in giving of ourselves that we receive,” said Francis of Assisi. Counterintuitive this may be but experience has proved it is true. When we realise how much God has given for us, our generosity is unlocked and giving becomes a way of life for us too. Christian giving is not something that is prised reluctantly out of us when we would rather be holding on to what we’ve got. It is the kind of giving you do when you are in love with someone and you give them first of all yourself and then everything you have.