I read about how some American billionaires have committed to give half of their wealth to charity. Led by Bill Gates and Warren buffet these individuals are working to convince their fellow billionaire friends to join their charity club. But looking at them an ordinary person may wish them away and say, ‘They’ve got much to give!’ I really don’t know the motive of these billionaires giving half of their wealth but I just wish they would give with the understanding of the spirit of giving.
I come from a remote village at the border of Laikipia and Nyandarua county. Growing up i had a passion and thirst for knowledge. After my final exam in primary school, my mother had no money to send me to High School. So when the news of a Non Governmental Organization offering scholarships to needy but bright children reached me I was super excited. But i was never to be on this list, reason? I didn’t look poor and my picture would not appeal to donors for funding. It broke my heart. Does it mean their giving was conditional? Then that was not giving at all. They wanted to make money in the name of giving poor children an education.
True giving has a spirit. It gives with the heart not with the mind. It is one thing to give because you have something to give, it is quite another thing to have a heart to give. When you have the heart of giving it never matters, because you know there is always something you can give. Be it your money, be it your time, be it your resources or just your presence to bless another person.
White people are always known for their generosity in giving (well, or at least that is what i know ever since I met one). At our local church the sign of white people would signify candies, playing balls and lots of presents. We didn’t just get presents, we felt the love.
Maybe you think you don’t have anything to give and unlike the billionaires you have have little in your account. But true giving is not about how much you have, it is always what are you willing to give to make another person’s life better. I don’t know you but I know you may have a smile that somebody somewhere needs, you maybe having a talk that will motivate somebody somewhere not to close down their business and fight on, maybe there is somebody who is having a hard time understanding chemistry and you are good in it, help them out. That is the true giving. Giving because you have a heart to see that someone else is in need.
Giving is the only thing that show you care. Some people may talk about your problem, may tell others about your problem but until somebody gives, you will never know they really care.
So next time before you say you unlike the likes of Bill Gates you have nothing to give, just look inside you and find something that somebody maybe in need of.