Give careful consideration to how you help :):):)
Just wanted to share my experience with you about helping people. We are fixin' to have a lot of money with which to help a lot of people. I am very excited about this, I know you are too. But, please give careful thought to whom you help, how you help them, etc.
If you look at our economy, etc., a lot of people have come into counting on the government,etc. for sustainment. Nobody planned this, the economy fell, people were out of work and now have to look to food stamps, gov. help etc. just to survive.
There is nothing wrong with people getting temp. help through a tough time. Have I ever had to go to a food bank to feed my 2 children, absolutely. Have I had a lot of money in the bank at one time, absolutely.
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The main thing is to be grateful just where you are. God has never let us down, He has always been right there even when it didn't seem like it. Now for the meat and potatoes; I have helped, or should I say "over-helped" people before. This was not good for them. Sometimes people need a helping hand, not to be completely rescued from their situation. (if you haven't seen the post about "How to buy happiness", Ted.com, you should really watch it, 10 minutes of your time well spent)
People need someone to believe in them and that they can do it. They need to be
empowered, to say, start a business, to help other people, rather than, you rescuing them out of their situation, leaving them unempowered. Little children, older people, widows or widowers, disabled people, wounded vets, help them all you can, but the rest, think about how you can empower them (with the money) to have a better life.
What can you teach them, maybe a franchise (so they would still get training, etc.) so they can have a wonderful life.
Because you don't want to be everyone's source. That's God's job. If you give out boatloads of money, when they spend it, they will be looking back to you, and they still won't know what to do. It goes back to the old saying, "Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".
I am so grateful to God that we are going to have this opportunity to help people, this is going to be so fun! Just think about it, you get to help so many people and do great things!!! Let's all consider the great responsibility that this money brings also, and how we have to, no we GET to be good stewards of it to help our families, friends, and new and upcoming friends that we haven't met yet.
I know of one widow (found out about this, after the fact), that came into lots of money after her husband died, and little by little, it got spent, by the grandkids, etc. It wasn't put into anything to make more money, so it eventually ran out.
Know that it's YOUR money, you can disburse it as YOU see fit. YOU can say no, if you want to, or how much. Take your time, think about the "Big Picture" of what it will do for the person you're giving it to and how it will effect them. Let's use this to be a blessing for our lives and all the people we're meant to touch with it. Let's love them, and empower them and help themas the best we can with our lives and our resouces!!! Come now RV!!!