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Something to think about when you are giving
by Dan Langerock
10/31/04
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Something to think about when you are giving

By Dan Langerock


As you know, the U.S. government gives millions of dollars to other countries each year. We have no idea if the money we send as a nation gets to its intended destination. I read an article once about a foundation in New York that helped people in other countries. They would visit a village and either train people to do something constructive, such as basket weaving, for an example. Then they would give that person 50 dollars to use to develop that industry within their village.

As business grew, the recipients of this money would hire more people to help produce their products, eventually benefiting the whole village with this amount of money. A year later, the foundation would come back and look at what had been accomplished, then give 50 more dollars to help sustain this enterprise.

We can apply this principle to our own personal giving to others. What will be the effect or consequences to a person if they are given something valuable? Some will use it wisely and some will squander it frivolously. Will the gift have the effect you wanted for it? For an example of this concept, look at the lottery winners; most go bankrupt instead of bettering their lives perpetually.

Does this mean we should not give valuables to others? Of course not! But, just as in the story above, the person was prepared to receive the gift rather than just receiving it without forethought. It is certainly wonderful to give to others, but we must be wise in our giving so we can truly benefit the person and not harm them by our generosity.

Everyone makes mistakes in their lives. But we must learn from our mistakes or we are destined to repeat them. History makes this quite clearly. Has the person learned from their financial mistakes or are they on a circular pattern of repeating those mistakes over and over.

Think about the ramifications of what you are giving to the person you want to benefit. Donít give up on the idea of giving to others, but use wisdom and discretion to whomever and whatever you give to. Have a blessed holiday season!


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