Jan 152015

Mike Miller, a professional basketball player in the NBA

My fans know that I am big into charity.  I am all about giving!  Paying it Forward is not only good for the person or persons you are blessing, it’s good for the soul too.

When’s the last time you gave without the person you gave to knowing who he or she was blessed by?  I remember years ago, I took some advice on personal betterment.  One day my assignment was to do random acts of kindness for people…anonymously.  The key word is…anonymously.  Believe it or not, that really helps knock our pride aside.  It just keeps us honest and it also assures that the person you are giving to does not feel indebted to you in any form or fashion.

Charitable organizations are a great way to give.  They also allow the giver to remain anonymous.  The problem with giving through an organization is that sometimes, too many people have their hands in the cookie jar.  That’s why it’s important to do your homework and to know just how much of the proceeds to the cause you are supporting.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one that I found to be upstanding.  You are sure to find those that you feel comfortable with as well.

You can chose to give as an individual too.  You can directly or indirectly give to the person or group.  And don’t think that all you can give is money.  That is far from the truth.  You can give of your time or bless someone with a personal gift like for me, I like to give game tickets, autographs and things like that.  You really can’t go wrong when it comes to giving, especially when it’s done anonymously.

One of the most rewarding things I do is to host a charity event for a cause or organization.  That can be a sports-related event, a banquet or dinner, a car wash or a number of things.  Raffles are another great way to drum up funds.  If you are gifted with organizational skills or are good with the public, this will be right up your alley.  If not, you can easily incorporate the help of others who are.  You will be surprised how many people may donate their time and skills to help you help.

Having a name for yourself, like I am blessed to have, helps get people to participate in fund raisers you may want to throw.  If you are not a sports star, celebrity or famous person, try to round up someone who is.  Again, you may be surprised who is willing to help when it comes to charitable events.

Helping others definitely helps you.  Chalk it up as karma or back it up with Bible scripture, it is true that the best way to help yourself is to help others.  Does it mean everything will be peaches and cream if you do so?  Definitely not!  At the same time I was raising money for some great organizations (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital being one of them), I was released from Miami.  It might have been easy to wonder why negative came my way when I was doing such a positive thing.  I had to examine my heart and to resolve that I am not giving for any motive and expecting good in return for good is…a motive.  It wasn’t a pleasant thing but I was able to personally grow from the experience.

As Maya Angelou put it so eloquently, “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”  Maybe that is why it is said that it is better to give than to receive.

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