Jane enjoys helping the poor who come to the thrift store, but she get disgruntled at donors. Some leave multiple pieces of furniture at the door in the middle of the night and others expect them to haul away a basement freezer older than Jane’s husband. Still others expect a thank-you note when what they gave had little to no value. All of this comes to a head when an elderly man comes to donate a van full of used clothing. Instead of being in shambles like lots of donations, the clothes have been recently laundered, some even pressed and dry cleaned. Jane is in awe of how God touches her heart yet again.
It can be difficult to not be jaded by what goes on in today’s world. Many do good work just for the recognition they will garner from others or for the tax exemption they will earn in return. However, we mustn’t lose heart. Despite all of life’s frustrations, there are still good people who give just for the sake of giving. A friend reminded me a few weeks ago that a true gift is something you don’t have to give, but choose to anyway. We had to clean out a relative’s house earlier this year and wound up giving away most everything to charity. I thought about selling some of the pieces, but didn’t because I knew they had been acquired second-hand. It reminds me of Matthew 10:8 that says, “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” By giving away those items I got more than money back; I got the joy of knowing that I was helping others.
- What is your motivation for giving to charities?
- How do you feel after giving something freely to another person?