A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
My wife and I recently added a new line to our budget. Random acts of kindness. It isn’t going to be huge, just a few bucks a month, but I think it will be a very rewarding thing for us. Remember that generosity was the last principle in my series on Proverbs Guide to Finance.
I got the idea while out to dinner with my family for my Mom’s birthday last week. On a whim I decided to buy everyone’s meal. It wasn’t a birthday present, I’d already given her that. My dad and I got her a Blu-ray player with Wi-fi built in so she could get Netflix. She’s a big fan. Anyways, back to the point. I just thought it would be nice to buy my family’s supper that night. Just as the Proverb said, it was very refreshing.
Random Acts of Kindness
So we decided to add a new category to our budget. It is strictly going to be for doing nice things for people for no reason at all. It could be for someone it need, or it might just be someone random. It could just be doing a nice thing for friends and family who don’t need it at all, just to show we care. We will probably pick up the tab when going out to eat with our friends more often. It might be paying for the person behind us at a drive thru. Maybe we decide to buy a meal for somebody next to us when we are out for dinner.
What we decide to do isn’t really important. It is just nice to brighten somebodies day. It is letting people know that people still care. Free Money Finance talked about this type of creative giving awhile back here and here. Several people commented that it was silly to give money to people that didn’t need it while others need it more. Here was my response that was included in the second article.
I completely disagree with those saying you should only give to those desperately in need. I’ve seen this done, and had it done for me and it really brightens that persons day. The person may or may not need it financially, but it is always nice to know that there are caring generous people out there. You can make a difference in the life of an average joe just as much as someone who is homeless. We should be striving to make the world a better place for everyone we meet. I especially like those who are giving to people in the military or some such.
Giving to those in need is great, and we should do as much as we can for people we know need help. However, sometimes you don’t know who might need your help. It isn’t always financial. Maybe they just need reminded that people still care and that there are good people still out there. The person behind you in line at McDonald’s can almost certainly afford their double cheeseburger. That isn’t the point. If you can show a person in need that people care, it is worth way more than $3.98, or whatever the total happens to be.
If anybody has any stories of doing something like this I’d love to hear them. If you have other ideas for creative ways to give I’m all ears as well.