Have you ever felt so passionate about something that you dream about how generous you would be if you only had the money or extra time? Maybe it’s an after school program that needs funding, a natural disaster that’s left a community with massive losses, or helping to fund a project at church?
Giving of your time, money, and talents can be some of the most rewarding work you can do. Yet, it’s discouraging to see how things like debt, compulsory consumption, and lack of time inhibit our ability to give.
You want to help, but…
If you’re anything like me, watching people suffer pulls on the heart strings.
Take the following scenario for example:
You can’t believe it!
You are watching the breaking news on television with a sunken feeling. A feeling of sadness, anger, regret, and helplessness. You are watching as the one place you hold dear to your heart is on the brink of destruction. It can’t be true, can it? Your heart is aching for this place once filled with such beauty and for the people suffering a tragedy of this magnitude.
Your instinct and desire is to help. You want to donate lots of money. You want to hop on a plane and support the people and places you hold dear to your heart…but you can’t.
You don’t have the ability to take a few weeks off because you need the steady paycheck to pay the mortgage, car payment, and student loans. And speaking of money, you don’t really have enough to buy a plane ticket anyway.
If I only had more time and money, I’d help.
We are emotional beings. We are touched by the stories we see and how the life of others are greatly impacted in ways that might seem so simplistic.
Your Generosity Is Needed
Take an organization like Charity Water for example that provides clean drinking water to millions of people each year. Seems pretty basic to many in America, but the truth is 663 million people worldwide are without clean drinking water. They need our help.
Or The Hope Effect, founded by Joshua Becker. They are doing their part in changing how the world cares for orphan children. According to their website, 26 million children are living without parents. They need our help.
Habitat for Humanity helps bring people together to build homes and communities so everyone has a decent place to live. They need our help, too.
The organizations of selfless service to others is endless. Our desire to help others in need might be endless, as well. But there’s an amazing disconnect between our generosity and our ability to do so.
You see, it’s difficult to give your financial resources when you’re not filled with contentment and you’re broke. When was the last time you saw someone living paycheck-to-paycheck write a big, fat check to a charity? As much as they may want to help, there’s too much month at the end of the money! It’s also difficult to give your time when you’re busy maintaining the excess of your material possessions.
What’s holding your giving back?
Are you being called to give your money and time but feel held back?
Debt holds us back.
Organizing our home holds us back.
Cleaning out the garage holds us back.
Compulsive consumerism holds us back.
Keeping up with the Joneses holds us back.
Living the life our parents want us to live (and not our own) holds us back.
The lack of money in our bank accounts hold us back.
The lack of time for serving others holds us back.
If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. Draw a line in the proverbial sand and make the commitment to get your house and financial house in order.
It’s time to be more intentional
The idea of minimalism is to be intentional with your time and resources to be able to boldly pursue your calling and passions.
There are other human beings on this planet that are counting on the love, kindness, and generosity of people like you and me. It’s up to us to be intentional with our time and financial resources and make room for purposes that are bigger than ourselves.
Purposeful management of our time and money is a powerful combination to be the generous people we strive to be. The less we require to maintain our own lives, the more we can share with those in a season of hurt.