What is Charity?

by Alex

It was a Friday and there was big football game but it wasn’t a home game. I overheard one of my friends say that she was not going to attend. I asked her why and she told me that she did not have any money to get in. The cost was only four dollars. I felt that wasn’t a reason a student shouldn’t be able to support her school. I told her that I would pay for her to go, and she was very grateful. After the game I was cleaning up the trash on the bleachers when i saw, tucked in a wad against the fence, some money. I pulled it out and to my surprise it was exactly four one dollar bills. I felt extremely lucky and thankful to find it. I yelled to the remaining crowd that I had found money and that if they could tell me how much it was then I would return their lost money. As you could guess everyone claimed it was theirs. However, they all guessed wrong, and I got to keep the money.

I do not think that this was a coincidence. Although, I am not making the claim that anytime you give you will receive back exactly what you gave. Sometimes the reward of giving is solely the satisfaction of doing what is right, and that can be more than enough. What I know is that God will always bless you for giving.

I have two favorite quotes about charity:

Anne Frank said, ” No one has ever become poor by giving.”

In Moroni 7: 46-47 it says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.”

This article has 3 comments

  1. Don Allred Reply

    Thanks for caring about your friend and being willing to help. Your actions to help and inspiring to me.

  2. Rachel Barlow Reply

    Great post Alex. Such a good reminder to think outside ourselves and become more like Christ. Thanks for your words. (:

  3. Robert Boyer Reply

    Thanks Alex
    Nothing can influence our friends for good more than sharing of ourselves, …..whether by our smiles, our concern and kindness, sincerely listening and being non-judgemental.

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