“It’s About Giving”
What does that mean? Does it mean to give a little once a year at Christmas? Does it mean to give all throughout the year? Does it mean the gift of material items or doing specific acts? What exactly does “it’s about giving” mean?
For me, “it’s about giving” reminds me to give where I can – whether it is donations to Goodwill, making a treat for a friend, helping Compassion more, or even giving my time to those who need it, I grew up believing that giving is what we are all supposed to do. I always remind myself there are people who are worse off than me. I don’t have a lot of money to pass out to everyone I see, but I do try to use my skills and talents to do what I can.
Last week, a group of very dedicated people met online to have a twitter party about this topic with Compassion. So many great ideas of what picture we get when thinking of giving during the holidays – the tastes, sounds, feelings, colors and associations we all had. It was a great time sharing traditions amongst one another and hearing how everyone gives of themselves to others.
What was a gift you gave that was received with joy and deep appreciation. What effect did that have on you?
The gifts that I have seen to mean the most to individuals who receive them are gifts from the heart. These are usually things homemade or ones that the giver puts a lot of thought into. I love to be crafty and make gifts for people. This holiday season, I am going to try for most of the gifts I give to be homemade. When those that receive presents are filled with joy and appreciation, then in return the giver typically feels good about themselves as well.
Why do you give? What is the root behind the desire to give?
I give because I know it is the right thing to do. Giving makes those receiving in a brighter mood. As I said before, I give by volunteering, helping friends through actions (helping carry goods, giving kind words, etc.), helping those in need, and also by the materialistic way of giving items. My desire to give of myself came from my mother. She instilled the power of giving in me. One person can make a difference in someone’s life. Wes Stafford discusses this idea in his book, “Just a Minute”. The smallest things can change someone’s life forever – whether you realize the act or not.
What have you learned from our culture about giving?
In our culture, I have noticed a lot of selfish people in respect to the act of giving. America is full of people who have more wants than needs. There are some individuals who aren’t “wealthy”, but are still able to give of their time. A lot of other cultures don’t have all the material items/wants that we have, but are still compassionate/helpful and able to give to one another. I feel like those who don’t have a lot in their life tend to be more giving of themselves than those who are blessed with much material items. Being less fortunate, you’re able to appreciate life and those around much more because you realize their worth in your life.
What have you learned from the Bible about giving?
The Bible says a lot about giving. The following are some of the verses I find to be inspiring and ones that we should all remember and live by.
Deuteronomy 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.
Proverbs 21:26 He covets greedily all the day long: but the righteous gives and spares not.
Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.
Luke 6:30 Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again.
Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.