The Power of Generosity
The Power of Generosity
When the economy is slowed and inflation runs high, household budgets can be strained and giving can become more difficult. All of us seem to be working with reduced resources feel as though we don't have enough to enjoy our own lives. So, the idea of giving may seem irrational. But maybe now, more than ever, is the best time to give. There is a power in generosity.
For the most part, many of us feel blessed with so much already. Our family, friends, and jobs just to name a few. But many others are not so fortunate.
· 10% of the world's population is starving.
· 14% of the world's population 15-years-old and up are illiterate.
· 1 child dies every 20 seconds from a preventable disease.
· 1 in 10 people still lack access to basic services.
This is not a third world problem either. The United States is riddled with homelessness. Many are not receiving proper nutrition or health care. Our children aren’t getting the attention they truly need to flourish.
Benefits of Generosity can include:
👉 A feeling of joy
👉 The chance to make new friends
👉 The realization that you have more than enough
One of the more insightful benefits of generosity is the decrease in fear. With everything going on in the world, many people live in fear of recession, hurricanes, tornados, floods, being robbed, paying bills, providing for their children and their elderly parents, and any number of other things. Part is a function of real events, no doubt about it, as well as the sensationalistic coverage by news outlets.
What's dangerous is the effect it has on people. They become more isolated from both society and their community. When’s the last time you had an old-fashioned block party? By being generous with your time, you open yourself up to others and your community.
Generosity Can Help You Reach Your Full Potential
Are you passionate about your day-to-day activities? If not ask yourself why. Passion for your day to day allows you to realize more of what you are capable of.
A passion for generosity helps you move beyond the superficial parts of life into the spectacular!
You Were Born To Be Generous
Let me prove it. Watch a group of kids: sure, some of them are stingy saying "mine, mine, mine" but most kids are really quite giving and share very easily. Watch two five-year old’s meet and within three minutes they are best friends. Kids want to take care of their dolls, share their lunch with a friend, give their gloves to another when they don’t have any.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, we have developed the belief that we must keep what we have for ourselves? When you do this, you really are punishing yourself. You're giving in to the mindset of scarcity which limits your personal success.
When we do financial planning with clients, one of the things we do in addition to putting a plan in place to support their retirement is a plan of giving. Yes, we actually make a plan to give. Sometimes it’s time, sometimes it’s money, but most of the time it’s both. And we do it while they are alive so they can witness the impact it has on their life.
You will be surprised by the power of generosity and the blessings it brings into your life. After all, it is scriptural.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17
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