Nov 28 2012

It’s About Giving

giving is God has many names and many traits. He is multi-layered. Both understandable and beyond comprehension. He is simple and complex without contradiction, and our reflection and representation of Him is the same.

Take giving, for example. Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” But why is that true?

Many may say that giving is love and leave it at that, content that everything that needs to be said or can be said has been said. But, like a child, we yearn to know more.

  • Is love incomplete without giving?
  • Is a gift less of a gift if it’s refused?
  • What is it about giving that liberates the soul?

Giving is transparent and anonymous. It involves time, transcending money and possessions. But is it always these things?

Giving is other focused and is about connecting and caring. It can be both a habit and an effort. It’s random and deliberate, as well as difficult and painful. It goes beyond sharing to sacrifice and has it’s own unique tastes, smells, emotions and associations, which is what we want your help with.

Let’s paint a complete picture of giving this holiday season and see what we come up with. Let’s see if what we uncover helps connect us more closely to Jesus and helps make giving a part of our everyday lives.

In December, we’ll be using all of our social media channels to begin peeling back some of the many layers surrounding what giving is and isn’t. We’ll have more to share with you on Dec. 3, but for now,

Here Are Two Things You Can Do

  1. Join us tonight at 7 p.m. EST for a Twitter party, hosted by @TheSamiCone. Just follow the #itsaboutgiving hashtag to participate and possibly win some awesome prizes from wise•abe.
  2. Share with us the tastes, sounds, feelings, colors and associations you have with giving. Leave a comment below or talk to us in Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.

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  1. Sherri
    Nov 28, 2012
    at 5:13 am

    First time our family is “giving” through Compassion International. Looking forward to Twitter party and hearing thoughts about the feel, color, smells of giving. I want to grow in my knowledge of true giving and give authentically with a purpose.
    Thank you for all Compassion is doing around the world.

  2. Holly S.
    Nov 28, 2012
    at 7:27 am

    Giving is writing letters to your freshman in college, each decked out with an abundance of construction paper and magazine cutouts, stickers and Scripture verses.

  3. Nov 28, 2012
    at 7:34 am

    Giving feels like an infant sleeping against my chest while her mommy and daddy have a grown-up dinner.

    I’m sorry to miss the Twitter party tonight; I’m still at work out here in California at 7 pm Eastern.

  4. Melody
    Nov 28, 2012
    at 7:44 am

    Giving is the taste of a ham at Thanksgiving for my husband that works so so hard and has been having a really rough time lately.

  5. Nov 28, 2012
    at 7:47 am

    Giving to me is Joy! It puts Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last. It brings me so much Joy to put a smile on someone else’s face!

    • tondja woods colvin
      Nov 29, 2012
      at 9:29 am

      Winston Salem, NC

      Love it!! Great image painted with words.

  6. Nov 28, 2012
    at 8:23 am

    Giving tastes sweet! It’s filling and nourishes.

    Giving sounds like children’s laughter. Adults singing in harmony. Friends sharing conversation filled with community, honest, & life.

    Giving feelings are comfort. Contentment. Joy. Generosity. Gratefulness. Like a blanket straight out of the drier. A beautiful fall walk with crisp air and the warm sun on your face. Like your heart can’t take-in anymore and is about to explode.

    Giving colors are rich, natural, and eye catching. Beautiful white lights on a giant fluffy ever-green among the rest of the forest.

    Giving associations are community working together to glorify Christ; children enjoying finding the perfect something to bring a smile to someone other than themselves; family sacrificing wants to meet needs; Christ living through us.

  7. Nov 28, 2012
    at 8:49 am

    Giving is love notes in lunchboxes, taking turns reading at bedtime, holding the door for a stranger and loving a child that hurt your own child because you know that child is hurting too.

    Giving tastes like a hot mug of coffee hand delivered by your spouse or an Oreo dipped in chocolate made by your 9 year old.

    Giving feels like the arms of my children wrapped tightly around me in a hug, my husband’s hand reaching out and taking mine as we read or watch TV together or the embrace of a friend during a period of struggle.

    Sorry I can’t make the party tonight. I’ll be loving and sharing Jesus with my sweet second graders at church.

  8. Nov 28, 2012
    at 8:57 am

    Last year was the first year we purchased something out of the Christmas gift catalog. We worked through a special calendar that had us put aside so much money each day. We purchased a cow and I even found a cow ornament that will now be on our tree each year to remind us of how blessed it is to give.

  9. Nov 28, 2012
    at 10:38 am

    Giving feels like sandpaper – when your hand grazes the hand of the homeless man on the corner while giving him a sandwich.

    I’m sorry I can’t make the twitter party – need to work!

  10. Nov 28, 2012
    at 10:52 am

    Giving is a totally spent mind and body, empty of all things “me” at day’s end.

  11. Nov 28, 2012
    at 12:36 pm

    Giving feels like reading a handwritten note from a long-time friend just because she missed you. Giving smells like cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. Giving sounds like kids counting their change to share with others. Giving is blessing.

  12. WENDY VELIZ
    Nov 28, 2012
    at 12:36 pm

    Dar es mas que extender un brazo, esta mano no va vacía lleva en si pasión, amor, gracia, perdón, misericordia y sobre todo mucha COMPASION

  13. Nov 28, 2012
    at 5:56 pm

    Giving sounds like contented silence when a shy child beams out a rare smile as a thank you.

    Giving sounds like teary silence when a single lady receives timely “no reason” flowers on a day she is feeling alone.

    Giving sounds like watchful silence as you sit with a loved one sleeping in a hospital bed.

    Giving sounds like sorrowful silence as you pause with a friend at a grave to remember.

    Giving sounds like still silence as you iron school clothes after the kids have gone to bed.

    Giving sounds like traffic free road silence as you drive home after an extra long day at work to provide for your family.

    Giving sounds like appreciative silence as a brilliant sunset reminds you of your Creator and you bow your head.

  14. Nov 28, 2012
    at 8:56 pm

    Giving looks like rays of sunshine pouring up from behind a storm cloud.

    • tondja woods colvin
      Nov 29, 2012
      at 9:31 am

      Winston Salem, NC

      Another great photo or image painted with words.

  15. Nov 29, 2012
    at 7:36 am

    Giving makes you full and overflowing, even though your arms are empty

  16. Nov 29, 2012
    at 1:11 pm

    Giving is the smell of peanut butter and jelly on my cheek after my toddler’s sticky kisses.
    Giving looks like my son’s name engraved on a necklace from my best friends the day after he passed away.
    Giving is the smell of a home cooked meal from a friend when I’m too far in grief to cook for my family.
    Giving is the sight of my children’s bright excited eyes when I tell them we are taking a surprise trip.

  17. Nov 29, 2012
    at 2:46 pm

    Giving is one of those things that as you participate in it you figure that you will be making someone else happy.. though in return.. you are doubly blessed by that simple act.
    Giving in obedience and love brings about true love.

  18. Nov 29, 2012
    at 6:03 pm

    Giving is essential. Life is incomplete, lonely, without it. Giving tastes like cool water. Giving feels like a warm hug. Giving smells like fresh air. Giving sounds like children laughing. Giving is one of the basics, and I’m glad you’ve made me think about it more here, today.

    • Dec 2, 2012
      at 6:40 pm

      Giving is essential. Life is incomplete, lonely, without it.

      I really like this Courtney. Thanks.

  19. Nov 30, 2012
    at 3:19 pm

    Giving feels like a walk in the mist at dawn just as the sun in rising

    Giving looks like writing encouraging letters monthly to a child you know will never write to you

    or

    smuggling an anonymous gift into a coffee shop for a street person who frequents there

    Giving smell like rain on dry soil or the autumn wind

  20. Tondja Woods Colvin
    Dec 2, 2012
    at 7:04 am

    Winston Salem, NC

    Different phots come up on my iPad. Love the images.

  21. Dec 3, 2012
    at 6:20 am

    This is AWESOME!!!!!! Love the info graphic…love giving even more!

  22. Felisa
    Dec 3, 2012
    at 1:21 pm

    Life without giving giving has no purpose. The joy that brings giving to others is priceless. Sometimes we think that we are given others something that they need and is true we are making someone happy or providing some need basic needs to survive but in the process we- the giver are evolving and becoming more richer, more whole and more substantial. We are putting our life in perceptive and forgetting about yourself to serve others. No to mentions the happiness and smiles that brings to our faces. At the end I always feel I am the lucky one for the blessing to serve and share what I have.

  23. Dec 3, 2012
    at 1:59 pm

    Giving is full of surprises. Giving is joy. Giving is love manifest.

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