Over the years, my husband and I have made it a point to practice giving. We give our time as and when we are able and we give our money to support several causes that we care about. We aim to bevery intentional in our giving, often seeking out groups who are managed by people we trust and respect highly.
Some of the ways giving helps us:
- Forces to take a look at some of the really horrible things happening in the world as we think about where to help.
- Because we budget our giving, we have to be very smart about who we give our money to. We work to find well-run, caring people and organizations who either personally or through strict controls manage the money they receive.
- We have to make decisions about we are going to forgo in order to help others. In this way, we learn to be really satisfied with what we have knowing that instead of some new material items for us, people in the world are being helped.
I encourage giving to be a part of everyone's portfolio. Not because you can point to it and say, "Look what I nice person I am!" because I am positive you are a nice person anyway, but because when we give we are also reminded in a subtle way that we are responsible for each other. That the sadness and strife of a group way across the other side of the world or in another state of our own country is really important to the health of the world. When others are lifted up and given chances for a healthier, more fulfilling life, they are less likely to becomes pirates (like in Somalia), or drug runners, or thieves, or killers. And also, if others are lifted up, maybe they will find ways to lift up those around them.
Certainly, you don't just have to give money. You can give time and expertise, as well. The key is to give in some regard.
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