Tis the season where people are asking for money for this or that. Or you are at the checkout and they ask if you would like to donate to a Christmas fund for something. How do you decide who to give to without feeling guilty about not giving to everything?
Giving financially is a great way to support others. Giving of yourself is a great way to support others too. The Bible says in this Proverb, “A generous man will prosper.” So giving generously out of love and wanting to will benefit you as much as the recipient. You will be refreshed and see things from new perspective while blessing others.
So how do you decide when to give, what to give, and who to give to? Well, you need to have a plan.
1. When to Give
Give when you are able to because you have more than enough and give when things are tight to remember that others are probably worse off. You don’t need to give every time at the cash register or bucket with a ringer. If you want to, you can, but don’t feel guilted into it. You decide when you are purposefully going to give. When you decide to give, you will be ready to give out of your abundance. You can allow for spontaneous giving too. Sometimes, in the moment, you just know it is the right thing to do!
2. What to Give
Obviously giving money is an easy thing to do. Writing a check, swiping your card, or handing over cash is quick and accessible. You are also trusting a group to use your money, combined with other donations, the best to help the most. But sometimes, there might be a nagging inside of you that says you need to do more. Well, that is when you need to give of your time. You need to find something that you enjoy and want to help with. Through service you are finding new connections with others who need your skills. Be sure you are willing to commit out of desire to serve and you will find yourself refreshed.
3. Who to Give to
You have worked hard for your money and if you are chosing to serve, then you want to be sure your time and effort will make a difference. Deciding who you give to is important. Do some research, ask around, and then decide. Being pleased with where your generosity is going will only motivate you and encourage you to be more generous with your time and money.
Giving is not a competition. The saying You Can’t Outgive God is true. But, I think he wants you to strive towards this goal of complete generosity. If you want to feel refreshed as the Proverb says, then it is time to take you out of the equation and put others in it. Take the focus off of your needs and desires and instead focus on others. You will prosper and God will bless your life in ways you can’t imagine. I challenge you to take the plunge and give generously, and feel revitalized!
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25