It is easy to forget the gift of giving in times of economical uncertainty. In scarcer times, we all tend to worry a bit about our own ability to get through the challenges with “enough.” Many of us have trimmed our grocery lists, extra curricular activities and a myriad of other things we consider “extras.” Even if we are in somewhat stable jobs, we have likely tightened our budgets “just in case.” As reports on the economy rise, fall and fall some more, we may be inclined to “give less” until we are more sure of its overall recovery.
What does it mean to give anyway?
Charitable giving is usually defined as giving money to those less fortunate than ourselves. We often do this in exchange for nothing more than the good feeling we get when we support someone or something that we find valuable or worthy. Most people make donations with their “extra” income, rather than use the money that is marked for “necessities.” Some, on the other hand, practice tithing, which means that they give ten percent (or other amount) of their income to their church, community or a combination of other organizations, and then live within the means of what’s left.