I’ve witnessed the opening of hearts to give unselfishly. I know many who give of themselves without thought of repayment, who don’t want recognition, and give anonymously. There are as many motivations to give as there are people. I’m sticky my neck out to say the top 10 reasons are:
Improve sense of well-being of self
Strengthen spiritual life
Public relations or support an organization
“Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.”
— Jewish saying derived from the Mishna, Pirkei Avot 1:2
“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”
— Muhammad (570 – 632 CE)
“Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. So Ambrosius says, and it is also to be found in the Decretum Gratiani: ‘The bread which you withhold belongs to the hungry: the clothing you shut away, to the naked: and the money you bury in the earth is the redemption and freedom of the penniless.’”
— St Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologica, 1274 CE)
Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
For whatever the reason consider “God loves a motivated giver.” So if it’s the widow’s penny or the rich man’s wealth, consider this year how and why you will give. Choose wisely.