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Your philanthropies are as good as gold, as ageless and liberal as the sun. They are your stepping stones towards Heaven .
One of the definitions of philanthropy in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary is “An act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes.” Interesting isn’t it? This definition makes a clear distinction. It implies that philanthropy is anything done or given to promote human welfare, that is ,making life more meaningful for others. In our act of philanthropy the well being of mankind throughout the world are improved such as the growth and development of many towns and cities, saving of lives, alleviation of sufferings, feeding of the hungry, and elimination of diseases.
The fact that God met our need for salvation by sending his only beloved son to die a painful death in our place is philanthropy. Andrew Carnegie donating money to build over 2500 libraries to benefit others worldwide was philanthropy. A brother donating his kidney for free to benefit a dying patient suffering from kidney failure is philanthropy. Booker T. Washington in his popular quote has said, “if you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” It’s true. Life is give and get. Nothing will hinder or handicap you in life as severely as selfishness.
Individually, our problems are manifold and would never be solved by one person. Sometimes as life becomes more hectic and challenging, you may find yourself exhibiting selfishness and callosity towards the needy. As I delve into the real reason why people give when supporting a cause, found out that people give for any of the following reasons, to make a positive impact in the world, to show appreciation for what have been done for them, to gain recognition, for personal benefits, and the rest on impulse.
However, when you provide for other peoples need expecting nothing in return, it brings about meaning, value, and fulfilment in your own life. This act is remembered in the sight of God and Its benefits are as countless as the stars. Dear friend, giving is not all about money but about time, attention, encouragement, property, and work to others. Your good deeds affects your relationship with God and others positively bringing you to perfection. They also influence others lives positively and will promulgate the gospel of Jesus Christ, permeate happiness in your life and in the lives of the needy. It will also determine the measure that God will give back to you( Luke 6:38).Giving purges away your sins and you will have treasures in heaven( Luke 2:33)
Moreover, not giving for the cause of the needy will result in living an unfulfilled life. This will affect your relationship with God and others negatively. Such an impolitic action like that will bring you to the nadir or lowest level of imperfection.
But can you give selflessly expecting nothing in return? Sure. You can do whatever you need to do in life through Christ. In the book of Matthew 25:40 God says,” —Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”What a great scripture! It tells us that our generosity to the poor is remembered by God. The Zenith or highest level of charity in Jewish tradition is helping someone to become sufficient.
Finally, It is requisite to teach and emulate the virtue of philanthropy in our schools, families, and societies to create awareness and encourage those who are not already involved to throw themselves into volunteer and charity work. World philanthropy day is celebrated yearly on 15 November to acknowledge the effort of those who already worked to help their fellow humans. As we progress beyond Good works, let us not backslide for God loves a cheerful giver. To great and honourable philanthropists of our time I say, “Heaven awaits you !” I love you all and God bless you.Amen.