“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6
Philanthropy: “an act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
The Bible says, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” – Luke 12:48b If you’re reading this, chances are, you’ve been given much. And you know what that means. And that can be a frightening proposition. And in fact, it’s not even a proposition, but an expectation. And that’s even scarier. However, it doesn’t have to be upsetting or scary at all. In fact, it’s natural, the most natural way we could live our lives. In many ways we do it automatically. We have talents and we use them. Sometimes we call it living purposefully. Often it’s what separates a successful person and one to whom life just happens without reason. We were meant to give away what we have. If you’re skilled at carpentry, you’d probably do well by giving away your skill. If you’re good with a bow, you’ll most likely do best by sharing your skills in archery. If you have a ton of money, philanthropy is likely the fastest way to happiness and joy. Jesus set the ultimate example didn’t He? What did He say of Himself? “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” And so what does He do with what He is? He gives it away. He is life, He died for you and me. He is truth, He inspired the Bible. He is the way, He provided it by giving His life and Word to show us the path to God. Of course Jesus is always the ultimate example of how we should live life. We’ll never be able to fully live up to His life because we’re not perfect. However, that does not mean we can’t entrust our lives to Him in order to change from the inside out. When we accept what Jesus provides, we are naturally drawn to the way He was. We naturally desire to be like Him. And so, we naturally and joyfully give what we have been blessed with. It doesn’t have to be scary. The good news is that God wants to give to us. The more we give the more He can give. It’s the ultimate pyramid scheme, but turned upside down. We give so that He can give more abundantly. Not only to us, but to the world around us. Not just in material goods, but in spiritual gifts too. Not just in our minds, but in our hearts as well. Nothing could be more rewarding than to give what we’ve been given.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,