Giving-Why should I give?
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A lot of people think of giving around Christmas time, birthdays, anniversaries, and so forth. But I want to talk about a different kind of giving. I want to talk about giving of yourself all of the time.
I used to be one of those people who was always on the take. What could I get out of this? What could I get from this person? I never had anything and I needed, and I needed a lot. I was always miserable and poor too.
One day I decided I was tired of living like this. I decided to start giving.
Of course I didn't have anything to give so what could I give. I could give me.
So I started small. If I was in the parking lot and saw an elderly person loading groceries into their vehicle I helped them. If someone was behind me in the checkout line and they had fewer items, I let then go ahead. If I saw ANYONE in need of help, I helped them.
The hard part (at first) was not telling anyone. When you do a good deed, you feel good and the first thing your ego wants is praise for this good deed. But to me it's not a good deed anymore if you tell someone about it. Because by telling someone, it makes it about you, which is selfish.
Remember the movie "Pay it Forward," where you have to do three good deeds for three people and the only return of the favor is to do three good deeds for three other people and pay it forward? Kind of like that, but without the obligation from the people you help. My reason behind it is I feel if you do good deed daily, people are going to witness it, and my hopes is that they'll WANT to pay it forward. I can only hope.
What I didn't expect was how I started getting things. For some reason life became easier. I became happy and I'm not poor in spirit or in the world anymore. I'm not monetarily wealthy by all means. But I have everything I need and a lot of the things I want.
Of course I give all the credit to God. You may not be a believer, you may be a believer, that's between you and God. But I don't believe any of this could have happened without him.
Like the Serenity Prayer...
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
I do what I can and give the rest to God and he takes care of it.
I feel we can change the world...one good deed at a time.
Of course there are many other ways to give. Giving your time to help out local shelters, give blood and so much more, but you have to find your way. Like I said earlier, you don't have to start big, just start with little good deeds. I promise, it will change your life.