Giving with Joy?

by Daniel · 0 comments

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” – Kahlil Gibran

My friend Jason of  www.jasonsnetwork.com “Social Networking for Spiritual People” recently asked: Are we as human beings truly capable of unconditional love or are there often strings attached that even the most spiritual among us can’t avoid?

I believe the answer is maybe with a Big “BUT!”  I love to watch Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, they both have been branded incorrectly with the tag, “Prosperity Ministers”.   Personally, I believe they are Love Ministers that focus on the positive message of God, the God of Love and Healing.  However, to be honest I understand where the tag has come from, in fact I have found myself excited after a show about the prospect of receiving based on my giving.  In fact, I have found myself confused at my own motives at times.  I tithe but quite frankly I often find myself thinking thoughts such as “ok, that is $3,000 heading my way!”

Early in recovery while studying the seventh step, “Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings”.  I learned a giving principle to attain humility, a humble spirit.  It was suggested that I give something to someone either that I know or do not know that is in need and do not let them know it was me and do not tell a soul, ever!  I must be honest that was a difficult task.  Humility at it’s finest.   Lets settle to say I believe this principle has helped me big time.

I do not think it is possible to be 100% pure in our giving.  I believe as sacreligious as it may sound that even Mother Teresa had a motive.  Maybe simply the motive of Joy!   Yet a motive.  No matter, the giving principle is a tool for Humility, Spirituality, and Joy.  I believe it is what the Creator wants of us, to give Joyfully!  It is my Mission.

Peace,

Dan 🙂

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