Sunday Thoughts: Giving

inCharitable Donations, Red Cross, Sunday

“Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (II Corinthians 9:7)

Why would anyone give their money away in a cheerful way? We work hard for our money, and we have many bills to pay, so why would you give it away cheerfully?

Here are a couple of reasons I can give:

  • It’s going to do some good for my community, my family or my friends. Pretty selfish reason, but a good reason to be cheerful giving money to a local charity or local community group.
  • It’s going to help someone I love, like say paying for my kids’ University Education (yes, I complain about the price of it, but the money is given happily).
  • It’s going to help someone, I give to the United Way for that reason. I know the United Way has a high overhead, but some of the money is going to do someone some good (I really hope).
  • It’s going to help someone get better, like when I give blood (#14 two weeks ago, which is not much, but it is a start).
  • It’s going to make me feel good too. That is the usual reason I give to charity is the selfish happy feeling I get (maybe it’s smugness, I don’t know) that I am helping in some small way.

Give Cheerfully, and enjoy the feeling

{1 comment}

  • BradJuly 21, 2008, 1:44 PM

    I’m really glad you posted this. I’ve been reading a lot of personal development as well as finance blogs and it’s good to see a bit of crossover once in a while.

    One of the things that jumped to mind when reading this is Steve’s golden triangle (Truth-Love-Power). It might be of interest to you & your readers.

    Cheers,
    Brad

    http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2008/07/pre-order-personal-development-for-smart-people/

    p.s. skip the sales talk and jump down to “The Core Principles of Personal Growth”

    Reply

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