Someone recently shared with me an article entitled “Giving Back.” The article was written by Jill Rosenfield and included in the December 1999 issue of the FASTCOMPANY website.
She talked with several secular leaders in industries and other various backgrounds to learn how they use their time, skills, and money to make a difference. She stated that during a time of “unparalleled getting and spending, they testify to the power of giving and sharing.”
Michael Roux President and founder of Crillon Importers Ltd. Paramus in New Jersey said, “the best way to give is to give much, often, and anonymously. Don't speak about your giving, and don't think when you give. Just give, both with your means and with your heart. And give spontaneously. Real charity can happen at any moment in life.”
Chuck Collins is Cofounder and co director for United for a Fair Economy in Boston, Massachusetts. He gave away a little less than half a million dollar inheritance when he was 26 years old. He emphasized that “instead of thinking of ourselves as successful individuals, we should think, "I work hard, and I'm lucky." Some of us are privileged, he stated, “largely thanks to God's grace.”
Norma Kamali is Founder and owner of OMO Norma Kamali, New York, New York. She gives much of her time and resources to six public schools in New York City. She stated that sometimes we get caught up in our own lives. She went on to say that we are so busy “achieving and competing and worrying about silly little minutiae that we lose sight of the larger picture.”
Ms. Kamali teaches children how art and commerce work together. She grew up poor and wants them to understand the opportunities that are available to them. “There are many ways to show kids that someone's there for them,” she emphasized, and “they barely take any effort at all.”
We can learn much about “giving back” from these successful leaders. Many of them have exemplified Biblical principals of stewardship in their willingness to share their time, talents, and resources in ministering to the needs of others.
The Scriptures are clear regarding the admonition to give back as God blesses us. Deuteronomy chapter 16, verse 17 says, “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.” The Lord Jesus Christ stated it well in the gospel of Luke. “Give and it shall be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put to your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
By Mitch Hazekamp