Give in alignment with your vision and sense of purpose

Like everyone who grew up in the townships, life was hard. Sometimes my mother couldn't afford all that I needed but I don't think I realised how tough times really were.I have no memories of being hungry or going without. My mom worked and ran a business to put food on our table and to pay the necessary bills. I only got new clothes once a year and honestly, it was mostly my school uniform. The rest were donations from neighbours and family.

I vividly remember when Doctor Martins were in style. I wanted them so bad. All of my friends had them. But another year passed and another fashion fad passed without me owning them. As a child, this was really hard. This was not the only cool thing that had to pass me by. My mom just couldn't afford everything and anything. I had to learn that very fast. 

Even though I grew up poor, and I gained a lot from the experience, I don't wish poverty on anyone. When you constantly don't have enough money to meet basic needs, you develop habits that take years to break. I believe in a balanced life - not too poor or not too rich. Both those extremes don't make sense to me. 

One thing that my mother did without flinching was to share the little that we had with the community. I honestly didn't get it.Through her example, now I see the importance of giving of oneself to others whether it's your time, money or energy. 
I learned to give not because I have much but because I know exactly what it feels like to have nothing -Diva Fierce.
In a world full of greed and addictive ways money is used, my money has a unique and active role to play in the world. A clear sense of purpose has helped to understand what is important to me and how that, in turn, translates to how I serve my community. 

Today, I am grateful for my money and for all that the abundance that I have. As part of that gratitude and enjoyment, I try to stay conscious of my connectedness with all those that have less than me. Giving kills my greed and keeps me grounded. It reminds me that if God can lead me to help others, He also will lead others to help me in my time of need. 

This hasn't been the easiest lesson, but it has been one of the best I've learned. For example, there was a time when I gave out of a sense of guilt, believing I could fix people's problems with money. There were also great moments where my spirit and soul agreed so much with my giving that I would see my returns immediately. I wasn't giving because I was expecting something in return, this just happened. The amazing part of it is it would be something that I didn't know I need and yet I would recognise its value in my life. 

I give my money, my time and talents in alignment with my vision and sense of purpose. I find that when I stick to this commitment, gift tends to overflow, flowing in multiple directions at once.

I have come to realise my attraction to simplicity is part of who I am. Over time, I have let go of a life I had thought I was supposed to live: an idea of myself as successful and the comfort of following society’s rules.
It took me a few years to get it right but I was finally able to make a decision to release what was blocking the life I knew I was made to live. Learning to trust God with my life has taught me to relax my hold on the money that I clung to for security.  

As we enter this festive seasons, I hope you find ways that money can be a gift to and through you. 

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