A young man that I know noticed his elderly neighbour had a broken down car and felt inspired to go out and buy her a car that day. The neighbour had no idea that young man has his own needs to take care of, raising his family and put food on their table.
Giving was a part of his life wether he has little or plenty.
Every time I saw the elderly neighbour drive that car it reminds me of the great rewards in life beyond material gain.
We can all be philanthropists today by giving according to our ability.
Greed has the simplest definition: Complete acts of selfishness. These individuals take and keep taking at very low personal cost.
Giving has the simplest definition: These individuals give and keep giving at a high personal cost.
The greedy are often praised by their acts of philanthropy and the true givers are often ridiculed by how little they publicly seem to achieve.
We’ve all seen that big cheque donation by an individual and the public good that money goes to.
We hardly recognise the meals individuals miss so that one less fortunate can eat that day.
I can’t help but feel that all the ledgers of our life will be accounted for and we’ll be shocked by the true wealth of an individual.
One of the greatest lessons in history to illustrate the difference between Greed & Giving
Jesus seemed amused by the temple offering as the rich would drop bags of money into the temple treasury. He also noted a poor widow that put in her change, all the money she had.
Jesus shared a profound life lesson with his students.
The rich gave out of their abundance. The gift cost them very little. The widow gave all that she had, her gift cost her everything.
Society at large wouldn’t even acknowledge that the widow gave anything that could make a difference.
Jesus wants to correct the ledger and says “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
An open hand denotes two things
1. Open to receive
2. Open to give
The greedy receive more than they ought
The givers often give more than they should
The ledgers will be straightened in this life and the next.
The greedy are never at peace
The givers forever feel privileged
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