CHARITIBLENESS: Just before Christmas, each year, my Bride and I go down a list of ‘Year-end-Charities,’ which… we enjoy supporting. It’s not a big deal… just some special gifts that we enjoy making. Plus, it’s got that ‘tax-deductible’ associated element. Unfortunately … most people think of it that way. The invisible part of all of this is that we can ‘give millions away’ if we’re inclined…but all ‘for naught’ unless we do it for the right reason.
So…what is… the right reason? Unless it is done in the Name of God; for the Love of God; and for our ‘fellow-man’… then it’s all for NAUGHT. There are many Charitable Trusts that give millions, upon millions, away each year… all for the tax-deduction. God is simply not part of those transactions.
Charity begins at home... they say. I AGREE 100% with that logic. Helping our children to whatever degree is necessary… within one’s comfort zone… is a tremendous ‘act of charity.’ But… there’s still many other CHARITABLE acts that we can, and should… engage in.
We can be CHARITABLE… to a friend or one of our children, as the case may warrant. When my oldest son, as a young teen, came home ‘just 5 minutes’ past his 11PM curfew… I suspended his driving privileges for 30-days. The next evening, he came to me saying that he accepted his punishment but ‘didn’t think the punishment fit the crime.’ I thought about it for a few days, and AGREED with him. I was wrong, and commuted his punishment to ‘time-served.’ I was charitable by being LENIENT.
Then there’s one that I’ve always had trouble with… COMMUNITY SERVICE. I’ve NEVER been much of a joiner…or a ‘glad-hander’… but still… ‘Giving back to your community’ … is a recognized method of charitableness. There are many other… ‘simpler’ ways of being Charitable… such as FORGIVING, being kind and generous (remember the waitress with a good-tip), and …even being ‘easy-going.’ Also… Being CONSIDERATE, SYMPATHETIC, BIG-HEARTED and having a GENEROUS-HEART… to those we work with, socialize, attend church… and more so… to our FAMILY MEMBERS.
And, of course, supporting our ‘spiritual endeavors’… should ALWAYS be high on our list. We are told in Isaiah 58:7, 10 – “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh” And if you give yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness, and your gloom will become like midday.” And, in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 – “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has proposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” And in 1 Peter 4:8-9, it says: And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. And, most importantly, it says in Colossians 3:17 – Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
By the Grace of God… The ULTIMATE CHARITABLE GIFT, was The Crucifixion … God giving the Life of His only begotten Son, so that ALL of Mankind would have ‘life-ever-lasting.’
…Blessings…as we all open up our ‘Charitable Hearts…. cjlb… 1/21/2018