Personal Happiness

Profit in Giving
When was the last time you went out of your way to do something good for someone else? When was the last time you sacrificed something you wanted in order to help someone else in need?

Here is the amazing true story of John D. Rockefeller

  • He grew up on a farm many years ago, but he had tremendous ambition.

  • At the age of 33, he earned his first million dollars.

  • At the age of 43, he controlled the biggest business in the world.

  • At the age of 53, he was the world's first billionaire.

  • But in all of his desire to gain wealth, he lost his health. His income was a million dollars a week, but his digestion was so bad, all he could eat were crackers and milk. He had crushed the helpless in his lust for money. Some people hated him so much they hanged him in effigy. Rockefeller had no peace, no joy, and he couldn't eat or sleep.

  • But one day he began to realise that his money wasn't a commodity to be horded, but a gift to be shared. He started building hospitals and universities. He gave millions to mission projects. Because of his money, researchers were able to find the cure for malaria, tuberculosis, and many other dreaded diseases.

  • Something interesting happened, as John D. Rockefeller began to help others, his own condition began to improve. He started eating well. He started sleeping well. And as he continued to get rid of that self-centeredness, God's streams of healing, love, and life began to flow back into him. And at the age of 53, most people thought he'd never see another birthday. But because he changed his focus from being a taker to being a giver, John D. Rockefeller died in peace at the age of 93.

How to Celebrate Life

People need to learn how to celebrate life. They need to learn how to get out of bed every morning and say, “This is a great day.” People need money to be comfortable, but they don’t need money to enjoy themselves. It’s all a matter of having the right attitude.

(a) If you don’t have money.
You don’t have to have money to enjoy yourself. You can’t use the lack of financial prosperity as an excuse. Everyone can enjoy the simple and free things of life. The joys of nature are free; going for walks does not cost anything. Everywhere you turn you see children laughing and playing. Even in the cities with the great buildings and businesses, it’s easy to imagine they were simply a dream in someone’s mind. It’s easy to have a joyful experience by simply reading a book or magazine, or listening to music.

People take things too seriously and the weight of problems is obstructing the simple joy and fun of life. If you create something, be happy about it. If you reach a target, celebrate. If you accomplish something, jump up and down with joy. While it is possible to celebrate without regard to money, it’s also important to use money wisely without any guilt or shame, if you have it.

(b) If you do have money.

They say that when you learn to make money your “friend” (money) will want to come and visit you more often. If you use your money to celebrate, you are honouring yourself as an important person and bestowing value and worth on yourself. If you are going to celebrate, plan in advance how you will do it and how much you will spend on it. Don’t be ashamed that you have money. Don’t feel guilty. Just make sure you use money to achieve the best for yourself and others.

Have a great time with your money, on the understanding that the great time has come because of your personal success. Don’t forget to celebrate all your successes in life. You are fortunate you can celebrate with money, but also remember that you can celebrate without money, or with little money.

If you do have money, learn to be responsible with it. Put some aside for a rainy day. Set up a fund for your children’s future education. Give some away to charity, if you can. You are simply a “minder” for the money because when you die it will pass on to someone else. Often what you do with your money determines what you become and shows the world the legacy you leave behind.

People with money should consider the profit they receive from giving, as illustrated in the following article.