Proverbs 15:22 (NIV): Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 14:23 (NIV): All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
How is your financial life this year?
Dealing with job loss, unexpected bills, or other events can make your financial life trickier to navigate. Maybe at the beginning of this year, you wanted to be more giving, more charitable, but now it just doesn’t seem possible. It’s nice to share your heart to the causes you care about, but your budget can make it impossible. The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping others could be quickly offset by the fact that you yourself have bills you can’t pay. What, then?
Luckily, there are still other ways you can help others even if it’s not financially. Here are three worthy charities that I believe are doing great work, year round. Even if you are broke you may find a way to help them in some way.
The catchy slogan used in some of Goodwill’s commercials has been “good deals, good cause, Goodwill”. And it’s true – Goodwill operates thrift shops that fund programs for homeless veterans and people with disabilities. By providing job coaching services for people with disabilities, Goodwill helps people achieve their full potential. The stores near me offer special discounts every week, typically with a half off day (who doesn’t like to save!). This is a win for everybody. Goodwill even holds auto auctions, so if you need a car, and you’re brave enough to take a chance, that’s an option to save money also. So whether you’re shopping for household items or just purging your closet of some clothes that no longer fit, you can be confident that your purchase goes to a good cause.
The Salvation Army
This distinctively Christian organization has a very practical, relevant mission. Long before the heroin crisis gained national attention, The Salvation Army has understood how addiction can ruin lives. That’s why they support people through recovery programs. If you or a loved one could benefit from free alcohol or drug treatment services, The Salvation Army may be able to help. When you donate goods or shop their stores, you are funding positive change in someone’s life. What better feeling than knowing that your donation or purchase can help give someone a better life?
St. Vincent DePaul
The Society of St. Vincent DePaul is a Catholic charity that works for the poor. Similar to Goodwill, you can donate goods to their thrift shops, and they also hold car auctions. St. Vincent DePaul’s mission is to “end poverty through systematic change”, and they operate different programs in different states. Where I live, their Charitable Pharmacy is a safety net for people who have no other means of obtaining essential medications. So, if you’re upset about the state of healthcare, why just complain? Donate your junk to St. Vincent DePaul, a great charity that is doing something about it and helping people. Such a positive change could literally save someone’s life.
What about you? How have you been inspired to help others even when you didn’t have money to give to a good cause?
Proverbs 13:20 NIV
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 13:7 NIV
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
Proverbs 12:26 NIV
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
Proverbs 11:16 NIV
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
The problem of drug addiction is growing in our country. Sadly, it seems that all too often, people that you would least expect get swept up into a life of drugs. Not just celebrities or athletes with million-dollar paychecks, but people from your own community living honest, hard-working lives. How did this happen? Is there any hope? The problem doesn’t discriminate, taking the rich, poor, young, old, men, and women alike.
Cathy Sweat knows firsthand about this problem. Having walked the road of addiction herself, she leads other women out of this problem in her work at a recovery center. The stories she shares in The Gates to Recovery are heartbreaking. She does share stories of hope showing those that have come out of addiction and into a drug-free lifestyle. However, for those who lack compassion towards those addicted to an illegal drug, I would challenge them to read The Gates to Recovery. This book shows how much work a person must do if they truly want to be delivered from the loss of freedom that a drug addiction causes. Sweat uses an analogy of “gates” from different points in the Bible to explain how people can get their freedom back. For people that believe you can just “pray away” a drug addiction, Sweat makes it very clear that this is not the case; tangible steps must be taken to make it happen.
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The Gates to Recovery is a long book, and there were sections I skipped. However, this book could be a valuable resource for people who want to better understand addiction, and why help is needed to quit a dangerous lifestyle. It could also help Christian counselors, deacons, pastors, ministry workers, and other people who want to better understand how to help people in trouble. Sweat does a nice job of equally holding the user accountable for his or her actions, while also explaining the biology of it all works, without getting too deep into it. This book could be a help to people who want to start an outreach in their churches to help people escape drug addiction and move into living victoriously.
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Psalm 146:5 NIV
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
Proverbs 8:11 NIV
for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.