Tuesday, May 19, 2009

9-12 Project: Charity

Week 6 - Charity
Highlighting the 12 Values from Glenn Beck's 9-12 Project

Charity has two meanings... The "Practice" of Charity and the "Virtue" Charity. Both are of great importance.

Charity is giving of one self without expecting anything in return. Giving without expectations. By giving you enabled others to prepare to give back when it is their turn. Charity can be a donation of money or worldly goods, or even the donation of one's time, talents, and example. Sharing good words, faith, and encouragement are all forms of practicing Charity. This is the practice of benevolent giving.

I also think of Faith and Hope. What would Faith and Hope be without Charity. But when I hear the word Charity, I first think of the Savior. I think of the pure love of Christ. A few years back I received an email about Charity. I don't know the source, but I thought it was beautiful...

Charity is an unlimited loving-kindness towards all others. Charity is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. In its most extreme form such love can be self-sacrificial.

Charity is comprised two parts, love of God and love of man, which includes both love of one's neighbor and one's self.

Can you imagine how the world would change if we could all strive to have Charity, the virtue, at the center of our giving?


Cookie said...

What a beautiful pic of Mother Theresa

Randomly Elly said...

so true...what a better place this world would be

Angie said...

What a great post - love the picture.

Muthering Heights said...

This is such a beautiful post!

Terry said...

Amen for Charity !
Thank you for sharing this age old wisdom.
I find it so sad sometimes that we have so many who have never heard or been taught the truth of charity .
Blessings to you for teaching and living this beautiful gift from God called charity.
Beautiful photo choice for your post !

Jones-Keeping Up With Mom said...

Thanks for the comment :) That would be great if one of us had said that in church. Unforgetable! We'd be way popular lol ;-)

Warren Baldwin said...

I linked here from Sandra's site. I was intrigued by your blog name, Family Traditions. Mine is Family Fountain.

Good post on charity. I had not thought of the distinction between the virtue of and practice of before. And I am a fan of Mother Theresa!

Good post and good blog site! You are a good writer. And if you get a chance, please visit Family Fountain. WB