I wanna talk about giving. I wanna talk about why it’s important. I wanna talk about what it is that stops us from think of others before thinking of ourselves. Mostly, I “want” to define and explain the difference between a “want” and a “need” because you do “need” to know.
Giving is so important because people are in need. Giving is so important because it dissolves the lie that “I…am more important than anyone else.” It gives you a perspective of love, compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience… These are things you can’t receive by thinking only of yourself. Giving promotes freedom of self and life to all.
We all have heard the saying, “There’s no “I” in team,” yes? Of course. Does everybody know what it means? Sure. Does everyone apply it to their life? (It’s a gamble but I’m gonna go ahead and say it…) No. But if the saying makes sense why isn’t there a 100% life application. Well, the truth is we all say and think things everyday that we don’t truly believe in. Things that are nothing more than a simple “thought,” “expression,” or “turn-of-phrase.” That has to stop if we are to be taken seriously as people of integrity!
Here’s the trend:
1) The thought of people in need is heart wrenching.
2)The idea of giving is warm and fuzzy.
3) The act of actually meeting these people AND giving them of ourselves makes us head for the hills.
It’s not enough to just hear and love ideas. It’s not enough to say “we should do something.” Those of you who do not go without have the privilege and responsibility to do somebody else some good. To love your fellow man. Why it’s so rare is beyond me… but I have a theory.
Let’s say 10 days before Christmas someone will walk by a man on the street without a jacket, see his need, and never meet it. Why? Because I need my jacket (even though I have one at home that I could go home and get. But if I do that it’ll put ME behind schedule…etc). We talk ourselves out of the privilege to be good… What a waste… We don’t like being uncomfortable. We buy a house, put up a fence, drive a nice car, adopt fashion statements based upon worldly popularity, and reserve a new day’s smile, waive, and greeting “😊 *waives* Good morning, Bob!” for people we know… Meanwhile, we simply make an attempt to tolerate everyone else. Apparently, Bob is a very privileged man… But, I digress… the one who lives a life of giving gives because it is their privilege. “This man needs a jacket.”
That’s just an example of material. What I’ve noticed is that through giving the people (giver and receiver) gain more than material things or money… Watch this video and tell me you notice besides what was handed to the man…
A want is something to be desired. Example: Television
A need is that which we cant live without. Example: Oxygen
Selfishness is the enemy of giving.