What do people often value more than your money? The answer is your time and attention.Think about it. What takes greater effort; writing a cheque or giving your time? What shows the greater level of commitment? Larry Burkett said,”Where there’s no giving, there’s no commitment.” I believe that is true.The people closest to you would rather have you than your money. Nothing can take the place of a spouse’s affection,a child’s desire to have a parent’s undivided attention more than anything else. Even sharp employees with great potential understand that a good mentor is more valuable than a mere monetary reward. Money may buy stuff but a good mentor buys a better future. When you give the gift of yourself,you are being as generous as you can be.
You have two hands;one to help yourself and one to help others–Audrey Hepburn
Take a moment to recall the people who ‘ve had the greatest impact in your life.Perhaps you had a teacher who helped you understand that you could think and learn.Maybe you had a parent,aunt,or uncle who made you feel loved and accepted.Or perhaps a coach or employer saw your potential,painted a positive picture of your future and then challenged and equipped you to become the person you were always meant to be.What gift could be greater than that?
Rabbi Harold Kushnerb said, “The purpose of life is not to win,the purpose of life is to grow and share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life,you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you brought to other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” When you invest in another person just for the sake of seeing that person blossom,you will be the kind of generous person others want to be around.And your days truly will be a masterpieces.
Some people see giving to others as more than just a kind and beneficial act.They see it as an obligation. Sir Wilfred T.Grenfell said, “The service we render to others is really the rent we
pay for our room here on earth. It’s obvoius that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but to give and to serve. ‘ There can be no other meaning.
Managing The Discipline Of Generosity
It’s very easy to live only for yourself. In fact,that may each person’s natural bent. I know it’s mine. But we can take another path-to be generous. My desire is to be the kind of person I would like to be around.To help with that,I practice this discipline, reminding myself: Everyday,I will add values to others.
What does it mean to add values to others? How do you do it?Here’s how to start:
Value People: This means treating everyone with respect.
Know What People Value: This means,listening and seeking to understand others.
Make Myself More Valuable:This means growing inorder to give,because I cannot give what I do not possess.
Do Things That God Values: Since He unconditionally loves people,so must I.
And when you value people,you open the door to generousity. And it becomes much easier to plan for and model generosity daily. If you’ve adopted that mindset,you ‘re ready to be generous to others. And you don’t need to figure out how to start,begin with you by showing love,and care to you. It will be easy to do same for others.
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile-Albeit Einstein