Our world system is one that forces us to coexist with the support of others. Communities rely on the consistency of norms, which includes the benevolent charity of its people. When they remain intact everybody benefits. During the 2017 hurricane season we saw what happens when those norms are violated. More importantly, in the aftermath we saw the compassion of humanity. It demonstrated an absolute need for others … even those that do not look or act as we do. Our willingness to give is tightly wound up in our understanding of why we should contribute. For this reason, I believe dispelling the following 3 myths will liberate your thinking on the topic.
MYTH#1 – Giving is not worth the return
Judging the frequency of others’ participation is a mistake because it puts a veil on the responsibility of our actions and limits our return. In this life we have a definitive assurance-the amount we receive is tied to how much we give (Luke 6:38). Seek opportunities to change lives and joy will visit and with continual giving it will return. Living a hospitable life is sharing our time and possessions with others. When we give to “the least of these,” we give to God. And He will give us an inheritance (Matt 25:34, 38).
MYTH#2 – I must first earn more to give
Whether it is time, money, and/or any number of possessions, all have something to give. Do not let this excuse rob your blessings. If you feel as though you need something take it to God-with the right intentions. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James4:3). You can make a difference with what you have right now. Surely, it is more prudent to take God at His word … “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses” (Prov 28:27).
MYTH#3 – Giving regularly is impossible
If you are under a ministry (attend a church) there are likely plenty of opportunities to give. First and foremost is the tithe or 10% of your income. Tithe and an abundance of blessings will flood your life. God wants us to “bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no more room to receive it” (Mal 3:10). This scripture does not say we need more in order to accomplish this. It just tells us to act and promises a reward for doing so.
Famed management consultant and educator, Peter Drucker said, One of the great movements in my lifetime among educated people is the need to commit themselves to action. Most people are not satisfied with giving money; we also feel we need to work.
Upon the rooting of this realization, is the moment that giving becomes an occupation-a higher way of living. I pray that this article has helped open your mind to giving – a key to greater possibilities.