Purposeful giving can be light and fun if our focus is on giving what is available and has thought behind it. Each of us has ways of giving that have potential to change lives. Being practical, creative and personal are great things to think about when you are thinking of ways to give. Your own personality and uniqueness is an asset to the giving process.
- What am I able to give?
- What skills can I offer?
- What is the need(s) of the recipient?
- What can I learn to give best to my recipient?
- What sources outside of myself do I have to help contribute?
- What opportunities are there to give?
Remember our end goal is to meet the need and want of our recepient. Once we have answered some of these questions we have a good idea of how we are going to meet the need and want of the individual.Purposeful giving goes beyond a nice gesture. It has the power to build a healthy family, relationship, skill or dream. When we have reached this type of giving, we have reached to the level of blessing.
I remember listening to a speaker long ago. In her talk, she said something like “People say “bless you” but they speak empty blessings.” You see a blessing is something that goes beyond words or a simple gesture. A blessing is a true sense of meeting a want and need that forever changes a person. One of my favorite movies to watch is Les Miserables. This movie has such profound truths and gives such a clear picture of what a life that has been truly blessed and changed, looks like.
Against all odds, the main character Jean Valijean who is an ex-convict is shown kindness from the Bishop. After Jean steels from Bishop he is caught and brought to the Bishop. Bishop gives him what he stole and additional items.
Bishop says to Jean “don’t ever forget it, you’ve promised to become a new man. ” Jean says “promise, why are you doing this?” His response “Jean Valijean, my brother You no longer belong to evil with the silver, I bought your soul. I’ve randsomed you from fear and hatred. Now I give you back to God.”
This story makes me wonder what life would be like if we acted with this kindness towards every human being. What if we met people with their deepest needs in a healthy way? If after having blessed someone, we leave it at that. No getting even, no strings attached.
I propose we get creative. Every person has the ability to be creative. I can remember a time where I rallied with a group of girls for a mission. There was a family that was in need of food and money for expenses. Not only did this bless their hearts but it caused a stirring for them to do the same and different blessings. It also drew our relationships closer. Our group started becoming like family and gave us all new ideas on how to reach people with love and kindness.
- Volunteer for a charity
- Grocery giveaways
- Filling someone’s gas tank (especially appreciated in winter)
- Helping introduce and welcome new people to the community
- Letter to a depressed friend
- Invest in a friends dream or business
- Giving gift cards to the homeless
- Buy and bring a coffee to a tiered and overworked mom
When we are willing to bless others, it softens the heart and gives us an appreciation. Look for opportunities to bless. Don’t forget to look close. Sometimes those who need it most are some people you wouldn’t expect. They may seem perfect but people hide their sufferings and vulnerabilities.
Have an open heart, a gut that guides you in the right direction and a positive attitude with any and all purposeful giving opportunities.
Be blessed and bless others,