17 Dec ‘Tis the season
Season’s greetings to all my readers.
This is the season for giving. Personally, I can’t feel the Christmas spirit but hey, the calendar says it is. This is usually the time when people feel the most generous to donate to charity. And although I applaud this, I can’t help but expose the hypocrisies that plague these kind deeds.
I’ve always believed that there’s a blessing in giving to the less privileged and as much as we applaud the actual deed, the intention must also be scrutinised. When people learn to give from their hearts instead of ‘just because’ we could actually make a dent in poverty alleviation. Instead of waiting for Christmas, we’d give all year round. Instead of giving just because social responsibility is mandatory, we could implement long lasting, self-sustainable projects.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Cor 9:6
Giving is about sacrifice. Yeah, giving away your old stuff is good but these orphanages aren’t a dustbin. After collecting clothes for them for several years, I have had the displeasure of finding dirty clothes, torn clothes, stuff no one can wear. You’re donating to people not animals. The rule of thumb is always donate things that are wearable. Stuff that you can’t fit into because the 80’s are long gone but if the body permitted you’d still rock them.
Give, and it shall be given to you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap for with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38
I’m not gonna go into my preacher mode but I’d like to believe that despite all the different religions that we subscribe to, giving will bring about blessings incomparable. The law of attraction supports this. The underlying assumption being that you can only receive if your hands are empty. There’s a million ways to help the less privileged but my people perish due to lack of ‘outta-the-box’ kind of thinking.