Mother Theresa said it: If you give away what you do not need, it is not giving. Each year, groups like the Salvation Army receive approximately $5.1 billion dollars worth of donated articles, mostly clothing. A sad fact about this giving is that much of it may well end up at the landfill. Why?
Some of these “donated” articles have holes in them, they don’t work, or are so fashionably out of style they are only good for the dumpster. People clean our their closets, keep what they want and give away what they don’t need.
Each year, I try to clean out my closet too. But here’s my challenge: I try to reach in and give away clothes that I like, that I wear, that are still in style. It tests me. It’s not so hard to give away something that I haven’t worn in some time, but it is much harder to give away something that I wear with some frequency.
Why do I wrestle? I might have need of it. I like it. It’s mine. It makes me look good. These are the statements of the possessing heart.
Giving away something that I need—now that’s giving.
William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation (www.servantchristian.com). Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.