We all know that financial freedom and financial independence are great goals. But, one of the best things we decided to do early on in our marriage was to decide that giving back was important to us.
We decided early on that we would give back at least 10% of our money to our church or other causes we care about.
Whether you give to your church or to a person in need, it is important that you learn to give back with your money.
As Albert Einstein says, “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
A lot of times people say that tithing is important because you will receive a reward in return for giving, but this should not be the reason we give.
Ultimately, it is important to give because we are called to give.
Yes, the giver often does benefit. We benefit by feeling good about ourselves for being selfless and giving.
We each have points in our life when we need help. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I bet you can remember a time when someone helped you when you were in need.
Whether you are involved in a church or a local charity, giving back is our obligation.
Giving is a great way to be apart of something bigger than yourself.
If you’re thinking about how you can give, here are a couple of places you may want to consider giving back to:
There are several different ways to give back. The beauty of giving back is that you get to choose to give to something that you are most passionate about.
Giving back doesn’t always mean giving money. Volunteering can be just as valuable.
I can assure you that once you begin this process, you will know that you are making a lasting difference in your life as well as others impacted by what you contribute and you won’t regret it.
If you’re interested in finding the best charities to give back to, I recommend using Charity Navigator to look up an organization before you give. They are an outside evaluator that rates and compiles a lot of great information about organizations.
What’s your favorite cause that you’re giving back to or volunteer with? Share in the comments below so others can learn more about how they can give.
Jenna writes about personal finance and unconventional living. She teaches young people to manage their finances better so they can travel more, worry less, and retire early. She and her husband discuss how they paid off $50,000 of student loans in under one year by living in a camper!
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