One chart tracking average household giving shows that lower income families are in the highest percentage of charitable giving.
Those with incomes that are less than $20,000 give 4.6%.
Households with incomes from $20,000 to $29,999 give an average of 2.8%.
Those who earn $75,000 to $100,000 per year rank in the lowest percentage, giving an average of 2.4%.
The “me first,” “YOLO” mentality teaches accumulation of wealth and toys. We want more money, more things, and more free time. We are told that we have earned what we what we have, we deserve it, and should protect it.
A person who lives humbly, paying less attention to their own comfort so that they can give to others, is often considered an oddity.
In the Bible, God gives His perspective on how we should set priorities. In the book of Proverbs, God says that the person who blesses others is abundantly blessed and those who help others are helped. (Proverbs 11:25)
Proverbs 19:17 tells us that helping the poor is lending to God and that God pays back those loans in full.
The focus here is on the giving, not the receiving in return. Let’s not get the impression that if we give, we will get more money or wealth for ourselves. That isn't what the Bible says. God may repay those loans in the blessings of inner peace, contentment, and comfort in times of trouble. He has already given eternal life. Every good and perfect gift is from our God and Father. He created all the lights in the heavens. He is trustworthy and never changes. His gift to us is true abundant life. (James 1:17)
It is in our nature to hold on to good things, but we aren't meant to be only gatherers. When a farmer plants a few seeds, he will get a small crop. If he plants generously, he will get a generous crop. We each decide in our heart, what to give. God loves a generous person and will generously provide what you need. When God supplies, there is plenty to share. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
- Readiness or liberality in giving
- Freedom from meanness or smallness of mind or character
- Excessive desire, especially for wealth
- The opposite of generosity
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