If you had an extra $5, how would you spend it? Would you buy something for yourself or purchase something that could help someone else? Such a small monetary amount may seem immaterial but has the potential to make a costly difference to another person in need of Just 5.
What if we Just Take 5 Dollars to Give? After thinking through the possibilities of using 5 seconds or 5 minutes of our day to benefit another in previous Just Take 5 articles, now we explore something commonly valued like $5 worth of helpfulness to aid another in need. To give that which is often coveted by most people, for example, a small amount of money, and use this tangible treasure to assist another, may get a person’s attention to remind them that genuine generosity is still available and necessary. Giving generously is not always easy, but if you just start with $5, release it, and use it to help another, you may find that it truly is more of a blessing to give than to receive. Such a simple extension of grace and mercy glorifies the Lord as you share with another from that which God has richly provided for you.
One final reminder of the message found in 1 Peter 4:10-11, which says: “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God…if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything.”
My extra $5 or your earned $5 still belong to the Lord, provided as monetary gifts to – yes – enjoy with gratitude, but also to provide for others for the glory of God. The Lord can provide the means and the motivation to share what might be a fairly inexpensive but extremely helpful contribution to ease another’s financial burden.
What are some tangible ways that you can Just Take 5 Dollars to Give to another in need? I’ve provided some ideas below to get you started…
- Purchase a cup of coffee for the person behind you in the morning drive-thru line.
- Donate to a youth organization sitting outside the grocery store trying to raise funds.
- Provide a contribution to your church’s benevolence fund.
- Buy some goods for the person in front of you at the Dollar Store.
- Offer it to a homeless person with some free water without an assumption on how it will be spent.
Now it’s your turn…go on…you can do it…Just Take 5 Dollars to Give! One last reminder that it doesn’t take much money to make a big difference for another person on any given day. Who knows? Your act of grace may be what inspires someone else to Just Take 5 Dollars to Give.