Ten things to consider before giving.

Today I was talking with a friend about giving. While talking with him I realized there is a lot to consider when you feel you are ready to give something to someone. Here is a list of things to ask yourself before making the decision to give something to someone. I am interested in what you think and what you might add to this list.

  1. Avoid giving in order to make yourself feel better.
  2. Don’t give with strings attached.
  3. In most cases giving should cost you something. What will this cost you?
  4. Make sure you can give in a way that restores or maintains a persons dignity.
  5. Don’t give people who need something that works, something that needs work.
  6. Don’t give someone something they can’t afford to keep.
  7. If you can’t let go of ownership don’t give it away.
  8. Give locally before you give globally.
  9. If you cannot receive a gift well you probably can’t give a gift well.
  10. Many times we can give our enemies what they will not give us.
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4 comments on “Ten things to consider before giving.

  1. John den Engelsen says:

    Referring to our men’s ‘get together’ on Wednesday night, your list reminds me that ‘self’ life really gets in the way of sincere giving. I know all these things to be true, but the ego, the self is like a nasty mean little monkey we all have a hard time grabbing and wretching from our backs.
    Giving without a God centered heart feels cheap. It’s like insincere flattery. Kind of like giving paper plates to someone for a wedding present. More about ‘me’ than ‘them’.
    Good stuff to think about Able. Thanks.

  2. disableme says:

    Thanks John. I really like the monkey on your back picture. Our own ego’s are a persistent reality. I think that God’s gift / message to us on the cross helped clarify the extent our self problem. Now along with the monkey I have this persistent reality of God’s loving identification with my “monkey” problem. 🙂

  3. Efcc Canada says:

    This is a fantastic post, Able! There is so much depth to giving that even (or perhaps especially) in church, doesn’t get touched on.

    Will you allow us to re-post it on the EFCC blog?

  4. disableme says:

    Hello, EFCC Canada 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement. I would not mind you re-posting this on the EFCC blog.

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