Most people I know have an innate sense for helping others. We may argue over how much we should help each other or even what the the best way is to help others.
We may discuss the government’s role in helping others versus our local church. But, we often dismiss how our economy is set up to allow us to help others in almost everything we do.
The Three Easy Ways to Support Others
Charity - giving with nothing expected in return.
Buy a Good – buying something with high value for a low fee.
Sell a Good – selling something with a low cost at a high price.
How These Three Support Others
The first thing that comes to mind when supporting each other is charity. I define charity as any time I give something to someone else and expect nothing in return. For example, you may want to give to the homeless through a local shelter, or you may want to donate to help Haiti earthquake victims.
Even the great capitalist Andrew Carnegie supported charity, but he understood the importance of giving wisely.
“Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity” – Andrew Carnegie
When giving money away you are investing in others and your community. Although you receive nothing directly in return, the act of charity may help someone survive another day or get past a road block that is keeping them from living out their God given potential.
Buy a Good
A less understood way of actually giving is buying a good. Every time you buy something from someone you are helping them out. They used their creative talents and abilities to manufacture a product or service for you at some cost and by paying them you are giving them in opportunity to buy something with more value in their eyes in exchange. You still have to be wise when buying something, though. If you buy something that you really don’t want then you are essentially giving away money as charity and should evaluate the decision from the perspective of a charity gift instead of a purchase.
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Sell a Good
The flip side of buying a good is selling one. Just as a buyer helps a seller, the seller is also helping the buyer. When you work hard and create a good that has value to others you are supporting them by giving them an object of great value at a cost that is cheap to them. This is why they buy it. Again, though, you must be wise and only sell things that can be made at a cost lower than the selling price otherwise this is also a charity.
What This Means for You
Remember the joy you get every time you give to someone in need. Now that you know buying and selling also help others you can be happy every you reward a hard worker when making a purchase or provide value to someone when selling a good. Of course, never stop giving. Your investments to those in need will pay off now and forever, but be happy every time you make a wise buy or sell.
Verses to Consider
- Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:18
- All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
This has been a guest post by Ryan. He is the creator of ObsessedAnalytic.com, a blog for young adults helping them Find Time, Save Money, and Have Fun