Have you ever thought about this? I have been thinking about this more and more recently. The other day I took some donations to Goodwill and I had an epiphany. When I donate items, they get priced and sold to customers, which generates revenue that enables the store to hire people. This in turn allows these employees to feed their family, put gas in their cars, pay their rents, etc. So by me giving to them, I am helping make all of this possible.
There is a verse in the Bible that says “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” When we give, it changes the way we perceive the world. We start to take the focus off of ourselves and to shift that focus onto others. When we do this, we begin to see that the world is much bigger than just the personal bubbles that we live in. When we give of ourselves, our time, our money, our resources, it shows how much we values others. That we love them, care about them, and that we want to see the best for them. When others see these characteristics in us, it is hard for them not to reciprocate those feelings, hence, we are then refreshed.
It is amazing to think about how many times I helped other people, I knew that it was the right thing to do, I felt good about it; however, I still don’t do it as often as I would like. I mean, how can you know what is right, feel that it is right and yet not actively pursue doing it again and again?
I can only speak for myself when I say that I have, to some extent, become comfortably numb. I have my work, my daily routines, my day-to-day commitments and that is what I spend the majority of my time doing.
What Really Matters
People matter. Not things, or cars, or toys, or video games, not stuff. Now I am not saying these things are bad or that you should have them, I am simply saying that they should not take priority over people. Especially not over people who you love and are close to. As a society we need to spend less time worried about things and more time being considered about others.
Where Can You Start
1. Take care of the people in your life. Make a list of these people and ways that you could help them. Give them a call and set it up.
2. Get involved in organizations that are making a difference in the world. Make a list of organizations of which you support what they do and that you would be willing to either volunteer and give financially to. Setup a time to go check them out or search online for their website to find out what their need is.
3. Take care of your neighborhood. Make a list of 3 things you could do this week to impact the area you live in. Meet your neighbors, pick up trash, help the elderly with their yard work, etc.
Start right now! Don’t wait. Remember that giving does not just mean financially, it can also be of your time, skills and resources. Start giving today!