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In her brand-new book, Love Your Life, Not Theirs, Rachel Cruze discusses seven money habits that will help you win with money—one of which is "Give a little . . . until you can give a lot." This excerpt from the book focuses on the benefits of building a lifestyle of giving.
A Lifestyle of Giving
One of our best friends is a pretty incredible guy. He has dedicated his life to helping young men in the inner city who don’t have a father figure in their lives.
Our friend has stepped into this community, and people have fallen in love with him and his heart. He has built relationships with these teenage guys and has helped them walk through some pretty tough situations. He does everything from taking them to school, to picking them up from football practice, to buying them groceries if food is low in their home. He’ll do just about anything for them.
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The impact he’s made in the lives of these young men and their families is pretty remarkable. He’s become exactly what they need most: a stable friend and mentor in the middle of their hectic world.
When I think about giving, I think about our friend. And it’s not just the giving he’s doing with his own life, but it’s also the way others in our community have come around him to support him financially. We all feel a connection to this guy and his incredible ministry, and knowing a group of us are able to contribute to the work our friend is doing is amazing.
Generosity isn’t an event or a simple act of giving. Generosity is a lifestyle that changes hearts and minds as it blesses everyone involved. I have learned over the years that giving is the most fun you can have with money. And I have to say, I am hooked.
The habit of giving is the exclamation mark when it comes to our money. Improving your bank account isn’t the primary purpose of good money habits. While that’s important, it isn’t where your journey with money should end.
"The habit of giving is the exclamation mark when it comes to our money." @RachelCruze
As you bring your money into alignment with your values, you begin to see how what you have to give—your time, money, and abilities—can become instruments of grace that can impact the trajectory of others’ lives forever.
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Having good money habits in place will help you find peace of mind. You will get to live life on your terms instead of the bank’s. You’ll build wealth and buy the things that are important to you. You’ll get out of debt once and for all. You’ll communicate with your spouse, kids, and others at a deeper level. As wonderful as those things are, however, they aren’t the end goal. Ultimately, you want to win with money so you can become an outrageous giver!
Giving can be a difficult topic for people because they don’t know why or how they should give—but once you’ve answered those questions for yourself, there will be no turning back.
Why Should I Give?
Something happens to your heart when you give—something that changes you for the better. It’s easy, even natural, to live in a selfish state of mind. Our entire culture is based on an attitude that demands "me-first" and instant gratification.
Our lives are often centered on what makes us happy. What do I want to do? How do I look? Where should we go? It’s tempting to spend most of our energy every day addressing these questions.
Becoming a generous person can seem counterintuitive. Giving can seem like an uphill battle at first. But as you move from being focused on your needs to being focused on the needs of others, you change. Generous people are not only the happiest people on the planet, but they also truly live more fulfilled lives.
For more smart money habits to help you live the life you want, order your copy of Love Your Life, Not Theirs today!