Souls are like athletes who need opponents worthy of them if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers. Thomas Merton
Giving is exercise for your soul. Giving requires mental, emotional, and physical exertion. You can walk past a homeless man on the corner and not give. That’s easy. But to exercise your soul, you must see the man and make a mental decision to do something about it.
- You may make eye contact and smile.
- You may press a $5 bill into his hand.
- You may write a check to your local homeless shelter.
- You may call your congress person to advocate for more funding for mental health services.
- You may volunteer for a non-profit and help them revamp their website so they’ll get more online donations.
- You may start a non-profit that advocates for systemic changes to job training and placement services.
Some of these actions may be easy for you. Some may be hard. Some may have been hard in the past, but now you’ve done them so often, they’re easy.
All of these actions are exercise for your soul. The easy ones keep you in shape. The harder ones build your giving muscle and push your soul to the full use of its powers.
Give, because your soul needs the exercise.