More Blessed to Give

Today’s blog by Yvonne

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New online fundraising events seem to pop up every day. Many sites allow you to fund-raise for any number of activities. Some of the campaigns tug at heartstrings when they ask to help with surgeries or downtrodden families. Other drives ask for help paying for a honeymoon or a large purchase. I even found one the other day that asked for money to dig a hole. The hole appeared to have no purpose but still managed to raise over $95,000. A large donation like that would sustain the orphanages we sponsor for at least three years. Amounts that large donated to a food bank could provide a Thanksgiving meal to almost 75,000 people in homeless shelters, as another example. As Christians, are we making wise decisions with our donations?

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Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” And as I travel with our charity, the world sees and understands the depth of American generosity. But I wonder if we have lost the way with our giving. I believe most of us will give gifts to our family and friends during the holidays. Giving gifts is a beautiful tradition but are we called to a different kind of giving? Do you plan to make any charitable donations this Christmas season?

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The Bible is full of references directing us to help others. I have listed a few below:

Proverbs 21:26 – “The righteous gives and does not hold back.”

Proverbs 3:27 – “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

Proverbs 22:9 – “He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.”

Proverbs 28:27 – “He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.”

Luke 6:30 – “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.”

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner. A day created to remind us of the importance of giving after all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy. By participating in a day dedicated to donating to those in needs, you can make a significant impact on many lives. Even a donation of $5 or $10 can help stop hunger for one person. This year, why not spend a few dollars less on gifts for friends and family and donate it to someone in need. Many charities need your help to continue to help others.Join the movement today.

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Blessings,

Yvonne, writer, and speaker.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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