For many people it is so easy for them to think, say, and judge others than for them to act. I have heard many people talk about the things they would do if they had the kind of power or money others had. – “Oh if I were a millionaire, or blessed with some sudden wealth”…”I would reduce poverty in my community; I would build schools and give out scholarship to indigent students; I would build a specialist hospital and offer free medical services; I would show all these rich people what real philanthropy is.” Oh just how easy and sweet it is to spend money you don’t have; how easy it is to help people spend their fortunes!
While we may not all be millionaires and billionaires, we all have something…it may not be much, but it is still something. So the question is; are you living up to the little you have? Are you generous with what you have where you are? It baffles me how anyone who is selfish with one thousand dollars will now suddenly become an angel giving generously when his millions arrive. The person who has the spirit of generosity in him does not make empty boasts and promises each time an opportunity to give or help someone presents itself.
Most of us think it is only through our money that we can express love and kindness to others, but this isn’t true, as kindness and love can be shown to others in other ways; it may be shown in a smile of human interest, being sympathetic with others, offering a kind word of concern with those who are struggling, sorrowing, also by offering a helping hand to someone in their time of need. Folks none of us is too poor to help his fellow man. While we may not be rich enough to give cash to others in need, let us never be too poor with our words. Let us get down from our imaginary palaces, deceiving others and ourselves with spending money we have never seen, and rise to the dignity of being true to ourselves, affecting others with what little we may have. You may not have money to give to the world, but you can still fill the world around you with love, brightness, sweetness, gentleness, helpfulness, courage, and empathy.