I once heard a speaker say, "Don't give until it hurts; give until it
feels good." In other words, give enough that it impacts you in some way.
Putting your spare change in the Salvation Army's red bucket helps of
course. But you can forget about it a minute later; it really didn't
impact you at all. True charitable giving should be thoughtful and meaningful -
both whom you decide to give to and how much you decide to give. You should
want to give frequently because it makes you feel good; it should not be
something you only do occassionally because it hurts.
Re: ". . . give until it hurts."Problem is, we're
already hurting, even before we get a chance to give, because of all bloated,
unaccountable government takes.And, under an Obama regime,
it'll only get worse.Liberals clearly intend to usurp
charity's traditional role with governmental action, believing themselves
[and paid government bureaucrats] more worthy of determining propriety in this
area than we.Sad.
No, thanks, I already give to the government and yes, it does hurt!
Thinking of others before "self" is a character trait of greatness.
Thinking of "self" before others shows that there is still room for
improvement.Being forced to think of others is satanic. Force is
not part of any Godly plan. We are invited to care, to share and to help; but,
we are never forced.Government can best serve us by restricting
itself to those duties that we have allocated to it to do for us. We have never
allocated the duty to care for each other's needs to the government. That
is a duty that we have retained to ourselves.This season, and every
season of the year, we should remind ourselves that "ownership" does not
equate to superiority. Sharing lives and abundance is a choice that the great
people of this earth will make - without help from any government.
You have never been forced to live in this country as an adult so you have never
been forced to pay taxes to the US government.Or please tell us how
you have been forced to live in the US. That would be a good story."Free" also means free to leave. I'm guessing you haven't
found a better gig yet. You like infrastructure and order don't you?
It's ok, we all do.