By Nancy Virden (c)2020
Two reviews on Amazon angered me. One complained about a bedside table that did not rise, and the other stated that his broke. Both said they intended to give their unwanted, useless merchandise to charity.
Not only do charity volunteers have to sort through this trash, they have to pay to have it hauled off. Even if someone in financial need were to receive these tables, what then? Will they have to pay for repairs?
There cannot be any joy in that kind of giving. It is simply a means of disposal. Momentarily, maybe the giver will feel heroic, but that will pass.
Giving to charity is one way that can help to raise a sad mood. The same is true of helping a neighbor or volunteering anywhere. However, let us remember that helping is not hurting. Giving back is an act of kindness and generosity.
By taking the time and energy to give good things, we show respect and human decency to those who may need a little help. Torn dress? Mend it before giving it. Faded jacket? Toss it. Stained pants? Have them cleaned. Broken tables? Repair or burn them.
If you would not want to receive an item in its condition, do not give it. Your joy is found in thoughtful, within your budget giving with the best interests of another person in mind. – COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOME
Today’s Helpful Word
Philippians 2:3-4 niv
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
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