Everybody likes the idea of generosity. But when it comes down to writing the check, there always seem to be so many extenuating circumstances. Here are some common obstacles to giving, even when we want to give.
- It’s my money. I earned it.
- I don’t owe the poor anything.
- I would like to give, but my spouse does not share my desire to give.
- I am up to my ears in debt. I cannot give now.
- Next year I have a promotion coming. We will give then, but right now the budget is pretty tight.
- I am in the lower or middle income bracket. Giving is really the responsibility of wealthy people.
- Giving would deplete my savings, and that would be bad stewardship.
- I’ve already maxed out my tax deductions for this year. My gifts won’t count until next year, so I’ll give then.
- My financial advisor says I shouldn’t give anything this year.
- Stewardship is a lot more than money. I give my time and talents ... I consider that to be my giving