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Integrity Moments - Sept. 1, 2010

  • 2010 Sep 01


Puzzling Philanthropy
By Rick Boxx
September 1, 2010

What motives drive a person to be generous? This question plagued me as I read accounts of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett recruiting fellow billionaires to give away half of their estate.

For many followers of Jesus, generosity flows out of a love for God; for some, from a sense of duty. But what about those who have a worldview that's not faith centered?

I asked a group that question recently. Some of their answers included pride, seeking power, and pursuing the approval of people.

Proverbs 16:2 teaches, "All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord."

Good things get done for the wrong reasons. I don't know Mr. Gates and Buffett's motives, but when you're considering being generous, ask yourself, what motivates your generosity.

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