Be Intentional

Do you feel like charities are asking for your money every other day?  It seems every week there is a campaign with a another coloured ribbon.  You can’t walk through a shopping centre without being accosted by someone with a clipboard, and every intersection has someone shaking a tin at you.

So what do you do?  Do you relent and give them a few bucks?  Is that because you want to help or just to so you won’t feel guilty?  But is that what giving is really about?  You want to help people right? But you want to do it on your terms.  So why not take the initiative and work giving into your budget.  Sit down with your significant other and plan how much you want to give.  Is it $2 a week, or 10% of your fortnightly wages or a lump sum from your latest investment deal?  Whatever it is, as long as you decide the amount then you can give with a cheerful heart.

Suddenly you’ll be looking for opportunities to give, and when someone asks you can respond with a smile and a yes.