BirdhousesBenevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity

If you own something you cannot give away, then you don’t own it, it owns you. Albert Schweitzer

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. John Andrew Holmes  

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Bob Hope

Those practicing charity in their lives display tremendous inner strength and possess a very desirable inner quality. If everyone practiced charity the world would come much closer to being the kind of place that could be called a utopia. Reality is that charity is practiced by a relatively few and the world is a far cry from a utopian society. Each of us has much to gain by adding charity as a strength of character to our lives.

People who are charitable have a quality that allows them to overcome basic selfishness, greed, the “me syndrome”, various doubts, fears and other inadequacies. They are able to escape and arise above their inner selves and exercise some care and love for others. Some of us have a hard time overcoming our own selfishness and self-inadequacies to be able to make the effort to care for others. If we do not have the inner-self fairly well-balanced and adjusted, we can have a hard time being charitable.

There are “charitable” givers who do not display the greatest and purest motives in their efforts and charity. In one sense charity is charity and is worthwhile. The purest form of charity is giving with no expectations of anything in return, even to the extent of being anonymous. There are at least two distinctions in charitable giving: those who give with a motive and those who give with no expectations of anything in return. It can be said charitable giving even with strings attached is better than not being charitable at all. Those who directly benefit from charitable giving do not necessarily care whether or not the giver had the purest of motives.

The charitable tend to have healthy senses of self-worth and self-esteem. They look outside of themselves and can care for others. The world would be much better if we can exemplify charity in our lives. Each of us would be much better for it. It is often said the person who gives, or helps and aids another is truly helping themselves as much as the person they are aiding. Hopefully, we can all relate to the good feeling that we get inside us when we do something kind and good for others, especially when we have no intent of receiving anything in return. If we are unable to be charitable, it is an indication of numerous weaknesses inside us.

Challenge: Today is a day in which there is great need for your charity. It is hard to miss all the opportunities. All you have to do is to open your eyes as well as your heart. Every day is an opportunity to be charitable. Take the time and make the commitment to become more charitable. Look for and take the opportunity to do a charitable act for someone today. You will be blessed for your efforts.

Wisdom: The best help that benevolence and philanthropy can give is that which induces everybody to help himself. Calvin Coolidge

Spiritual: (NIV)

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. Proverbs 19:17

Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Eccl: 11:1

Give and it will 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

It is said that God loves a cheerful giver. Giving with love in our hearts and for no other reason is what God wants us to be able to do.  Of all the many teachings in the Bible, being able and willing to help others as acts of love may be at the top of God’s list. We have such a hard time of doing things in our lives that are pure and without selfish motives. God will help us get our acts together and then to go and do good things for others.

Prayer:  Help me to be thankful for my blessings, to be charitable to others and help make a difference.


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