Jen is raising money for the A21 charity campaign that works to fight human trafficking. Donate to the cause here!
Here in the United States, we’re consumed by our love of money and status. We think bigger is better, and if we can just get that promotion, all will be well with our souls. There’s one fatal flaw to this mindset: it’s all smoke and mirrors. Once we reach our goal, we immediately feel compelled to set a higher goal. We’re left in a vacuum of unfulfillment. Maybe getting more isn’t the answer to life. Maybe it’s giving.
There’s something profoundly liberating about giving, yet we don’t do it often enough. It begs the question: why not? For some of us, our demanding schedules overtake our time to volunteer. For others, our fear of economic instability manifests a mindset dominated by pernicious lies like, “You can’t afford to give” and “If you give, you won’t have enough”. However, truth of the matter is we simply cannot afford to not give back!
When we give of ourselves, our time, and our money, we’re also giving up control. As a control freak myself, I know that sounds scary, but I’ve learned that the momentary lack of control forces me to look at what I do have and truly count my blessings. I have clean drinking water. I have food on my table. I have a roof over my head and clothes on my back. Suddenly, my panic-stricken mindset is replaced with gratitude. Gratitude not only encourages our hearts, it produces peace. And we could all use a little more peace these days. The benefits of giving don’t stop there! Giving opens up avenues for abundance.
Let’s take a moment and consider the Dead Sea. Fresh water flows into it, but nothing flows out of it, rendering everything in and around it lifeless. When anxiety drives our decisions, we cannot grow spiritually, emotionally, or mentally. When we open up our hearts and give to others, we give ourselves room to grow and thrive!
I beseech you to open your hearts and give back! Give your time/services/money/support/encouragement/love! Give whatever you can! If ever there was a proverbial truth, it’s the more you give, the more you get. Give and start experiencing a life of fulfillment! – Jen Lilley