For anyone who wasn't around to listen to Paul Reid when he preached in Bracknell on generosity I really want to encourage you to listen to what he said - you can catch it here. I've been listening to it again this week and been inspired again.
By coincidence the same weekend Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, also preached a message on generosity. You can watch or listen to that talk by going here and scrolling down to the message titled "Stronger in Generosity".
What really helped tie the two messages together was that Paul told us that one of the things he likes to do as an act of generosity is to pay for the car behind when he stops at a motorway toll booth. In his talk Bill Hybels tells of a time when he was on the receiving end of somebody doing exactly this (I don't think it was Paul!) and the amazing impact it had on his life. You can hear that story about 7 minutes 30 seconds into Bill's message.
Thanks to Alan and Penny Lander for telling me about Bill's story.