I was talking with my wife the other day about giving. Among other things, she said “When you know you have plenty and you know how to get plenty more, you can give easily, and freely enjoy giving for the sake of giving.” That got me to thinking about the poor who give and do not have plenty — who are not so sure if more will come, or when… and yet they give. They give out of an abundance of their heart and not their pocket. The philanthropist who gives millions to a charity or a university, may actually have given less than one who has given the “widows mite.”
Something else my wife said was, “Enjoy giving for the sake of giving.” That speaks to the heart of the matter. Why does one give? What drives us to give? Regardless of one’s position on the socioeconomic ladder, is the motivation to give the same for all? There is a difference between an offering and sacrificial giving. The chicken giving an egg makes an offering. The pig bringing bacon has made a sacrifice.
Motivation is the core of giving, whether it is an offering or a sacrifice. If the joy of giving just for the sake of giving is not at the heart of the matter, the reward set aside for the giver will be missed.
May the rest of your life be the best of your life and above all…
Have A Great Day!