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Giving cheerfully

By | September 12th 2010

By Anne Anjao-Eboi

Is it possible that there are people who have so much money they don't know what to do with it? To them, spending Sh100,000 (to give a loan to others) is tantamount to spending Sh10 to buy a lollipop.

Does it make sense to park five vehicles in our compounds? (half of them hardly used) Some people buy every shoe they come across as long as they like it. There are those who will catch a plane to Britain, US or Australia just to shop.

When they visit a pub, they will be seen splashing cash around.

Sometimes, when possessed, they announce that all the drinks in the house are on them. One only needs to bite into a sandwich and declare it tasteless, before he throws it into the dustbin.

What does God say about this? He has commanded us to take care of orphans and widows. He cares about the poor.

He expects us to engage in acts of charity. Ramadan is not just about fasting but giving to the poor.

Imagine if every person in Runda, Karen, Kitisuru, Loresho or Muthaiga had a project to alleviate poverty.

What a changed world we would live in! Think with me for a moment. One family decides to start self-help for a family in the slums. Sh10,000 is not much but to that person willing to sell mandazi, it is a fortune.

Of course the Sh10,000 was a loan, which when repaid, would go to another family and the cycle continues.

When did you last give to a charity? It is a beautiful thing to know that we partner with God to lighten another person’s burden.

To those engaged in acts of charity, God encourages you not to be weary of doing good for in due season, you will reap the rewards.

If you have never considered meaningful giving, you can start today.

Whatever you do, remember God smiles down on you, pleased that His heartbeat is your heartbeat.

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