What is your purpose of giving?
I heard once about a professional football player that while he was in college got into an argument with his professor about benevolence. I believe that the player was Ricky Williams. The argument was that the professor claimed that people do not give selflessly, they do so to make themselves feel good. Mr. Williams stood his ground by saying that this was not true. As is true in most arguments, it was never settled.
So what is your motivation for giving? Not just money, I am talking about giving. Is it inherent that you give to give yourself a good feeling or is it a sense of “the right thing to do”?
We give of ourselves, sometimes not knowing of the return but yet we give anyway. Is it because we know that we will feel better about ourselves afterwards or that we have been convicted to do so and the “feeling better” is a sense of relief?
It probably differs in many cases, but what about in the case of giving where may never see the return even if it happens. Our society is not able to see this. They say “What does it matter? I won’t be here anyway. Live and let live. Be wild, be free, it’s all about me”. But what about your legacy?
I know, legacy, for some people is a strong word. “Something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”. So really what does it matter. It matters because our paradigm needs to shift beyond ourselves. Truth is that you may be already seeing a return on things done previously. The return from times of irresponsibility. The return from days of selfishness. The return of those “what does it matter?” days. And even though we can look at those returns and wonder “what if I would have done that differently?”, we should look and say “what now?”
It is like a chess game. Some people said that great chess players start a game, knowing exactly what moves they are going to make in each circumstance, knowing how their opponent will react to each of their moves. But the beginning moves are the ones where things are volatile. Each move that follows, corrals the opponent into their plan until finally victory is achieved.
This is how purpose works. Direction, calling, destiny. Each move keeps you moving in a certain direction until victory is achieved.
Giving has a purpose. Giving of money, time, wisdom, even hugs. They work towards the ultimate goal of a purpose. And even though we may have a sense of necessity or a desire for fulfillment, what does that matter?
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
It matters that you give.