Giving is a spiritual practice that requires effort for many.
Every person is brought up in their own unique surroundings, with their experiences, that make and shape them accordingly.
If a child is raised in a household where they experience lack, they may or may not have difficulty overcoming a mindset of lack, which may come with their familiarity.
On the other hand, if a child is raised in a household where there is plenty, they may or may not learn to share generously. Most often, giving depends on what a child sees modeled at home, by the people surrounding them, in their lives.
I have heard some say that it is the poor, who are more generous.
This can be because they understand how it feels to live without certain needs met, especially without ease. Because of their experience, they have more compassion to be giving. I do not know if this is true. But it sounds like it makes some sense.
There are those who have much and are very stingy.
They live in fear they may lose their pot of gold. They may see someone on the street begging for food, and have nothing to give. Or as they go through a checkout line and are asked if they want to donate to a children’s fund or something of the sort, they choose not to give. They may tip a food server sheepishly, or when a friend is in need, close their hands.
It takes all kinds in this world.
There’s a vast assortment of people with distinctive ways of managing the money they receive and spend throughout their lives, along with their time, kind words and generosity.
Have you heard of the Universal Law of giving and receiving?
This spiritual law falls into the category of cause and effect.
One thing I have learned firsthand, is that we do not give so we can get. If our intentions are wrong, and our motives selfish; we will not benefit spiritually as we give. We ideally need pure intentions.
What are pure intentions?
To give expecting nothing in return and giving basically to be a blessing.
When we see a need, we can give money, time, or a kind word. And when we give with pure motives, we experience blessings that come back around, sometimes later than expected, but in a unique ways from a source unexpected.
Not to sound contradictory, but have you ever heard the saying, “You Can’t Out Give God?” What this means is anytime we give, even with selfish motives, it is a good thing. Even if we give with wrong motives, to learn to give, stumbling first, while hopefully searching ourselves to inquire of intent, we are developing a better giving practice.
Giving brings more joy than just about anything.
That’s not to say we can give it all away though, all for joy!
No, on the contrary, it is essential when we give to hear from the Lord.
We must know His will and bring everything into captivity to understand where and when to give. We can know in an instant. Give fiercely, but know when you may be enabling or disabling people. Or giving for the wrong reasons, for instance to get someone to love you.
There is much need in this world we share, so there is never a shortage on how we can give fiercely even in small ways, even if we have limited resources.
“I believe living large in little ways means that we are best served, to give fiercely, generously, and with bravery, yet wise to exercise discernment in order to know that we are balanced, and in the will of God.”
Some give freely, yet grow all the richer; others withhold what is due, and only suffer want. A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water.
2 Corinthians 9:6
The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.