Why I Give: To Whom Much Is Given, Much is Required

Why I Give | Michelle Rouse | The Gift Development Group | L'amour Foto

Why I Give | Michelle Rouse | The Gift Development Group | L'amour Foto

Giving defined: to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow

I was in a conversation recently with a good friend who asked me why I give. She was asking me why I give so much of my time, talent and treasure without reservation. My answer to her was simple: it's what I know. My Mother was giving and so was her mother. I was taught at an early age, "to whom much is given, much is required." Luke 12:48 says in part "From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded"
I watched my Mom, who had very little, not only took care of her family, but somehow managed to help others. It amazed me how she made it all work. I recall her reciting that verse from Luke 12:48. It wasn't until I was an adult that I fully understood its meaning.

It feels good to give, to know that I have done something or made a donation that will make a positive difference in someone else's life. Whether it's helping to plan or organize a fundraiser for The Boys & Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties, helping to feed those less fortunate at The Durham Rescue Mission, organizing closets at Families Moving Forward (Genesis Home), or serving and celebrating those who have completed the life skills program at Step Up Ministry or donating to a worthy cause or charity, giving simply makes my heart feel good. Giving is something that we can all do. And I know that it makes a difference in those receiving the gift. In your own way at your own pace find a way to give. Find that cause, charity, group that you know will benefit from your gift of time, talent or treasure and share your gift with them. I guarantee you that it will feel great to know that you made a positive difference in someone else's life.