The Privilege of Giving

They urgently pleaded …
for the privilege of sharing.
    —2 Corinthians 8:4

Armed only with courage and a dream, Booker T. Washington took a little school in a henhouse and built it into the multi-million dollar Tuskegee Institute, the first American college for those of his race.

In his autobiography Washington said that generous people never begrudge their philanthropy; they feel privileged to support something they believe in.

When he approached a donor to thank him for his gift, the gentleman interrupted: “Don’t thank me, Mr. Washington. I’m grateful to you for giving me the opportunity to help a good cause. It is a privilege to share in it.”

When we see our donations through eyes of privilege, giving is converted from burden to joy.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Don’t settle for the lesser blessing.

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