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For many years of my life I thought it was up to me to get a house, a car, a job etc. I struggled to be able to give things away to others.  I have struggled to understand that God wants to give things to me. I have struggled to understand that God provides for me. I thought He was some sort of stingy miser, a psychopath Who hated me. 

Living to give may or may not involve money.

 Positive emotion (acceptance, forgiveness, love etc) is far more valuable than money as money cannot buy it.

Truth is more valuable than money.

Time is more valuable than money. 

How can you give something away when you do not have it?  

The desire to give to others comes when we receive  an understanding of what we have already been given.  The understanding that we are  not the source of our house, our car, our job etc and that we have received our house, our car, our job etc makes it possible to give. 

How can you trust some sort of stingy miser, a psychopath who you think hates you?  In order to understand what has already been given to us we first need to receive an understanding of the nature of God, Whoever He Is. 

We need to receive an understanding that God wants to and has already given to us more than anyone we have or will ever meet.    He wants to provide for us more than we want to provide for our children or our friends. He wants to give to us more than we want to receive.

Once we receive an understanding that God can be trusted to provide for us, we will  cease to rely on what we own. This will free us up from the fear of lack and we will naturally become generous. 

Giving also involves giving to God. If you  receive the understanding that God  gives to you more than you give to yourself, you will naturally desire to give to Him more than  yourself. 

Proverbs 11:24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

1 Chronicles 29:16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.

Jeremiah 33:9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’

Daniel 4:32
' the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.'

Job 42:10
After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

2 Chronicles 1:11-12
God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,

therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have."