Movies, hard-cover books, solar panels, double windows, silverware, tires, sod and flower gardens, fresh juice, paint job, flooring, towels, water bottles, blankets, brick, marble, fountains… As if it is for someone else, not for yourself.
Purchasing material goods for ones self is a common practice that individuals conduct on regular intervals, even daily. Whether the consumption is the ultimate new cell phone, the latest, trendy car or a can of drink, it eats at the ledger of ones soul. Coveting in a consumer driven world is causing humanity to evaluate ones worth by what one has collected. The self-promotion of personal wealth can be viewed as a pompous and boastful cry from the pits of the spirit voicing ones dissatisfaction with ones existence. A sample of the population may adhere to the concept that capital, numerically, is the measure of an individuals worth. In continuation of the same, potential study, the adjoining population may feel that the sum of what one has accumulated during the extent of personal existence is the correct evaluation of worth.
There may be absolutely nothing for the individual to elevate ones self above their fellow worldly kin. At the extinction of an individual, there is no amount of wealth that can bring them back and nothing can be taken with them. Wealth is not for those who have passed away but for the living. At the advent of the purchase an item, purchase it as if it was for someone else instead of for the self. For example, when buying a book, buy it for someone else. Not only this, but buy the best, not the cheapest, bar it causes complete embarrassment. It is what the recipient desires, not what the giver desires to have. Deliver it into their hands prior to it being past mint condition, but remember to retain the receipt in the event that the object requires repair, replacement, or reimbursement. The item in question can be used in collectively as well and it is vital to maintain it for longevity. Even if the previous item is in working condition, upgrade it or even replace the inferior object. Protection and alleviation of unfortunate incidences can be of great salvation for the receiver, such as that for automotive vehicles. An exercise of financial community building such as fountains, can be a monumentus construction corporately.
To further the discussion, there are non-material events that can be of benefit too. Going a little deeper, teaching someone a new skill is one way of helping those in need. Giving a dissertation on how to fix a car can be a skill that will last a lifetime and can, perhaps, evolve into a source of a small income. Working on things together is another thing that can be for the both individuals. Finally, discussing topics of interest is a way of giving too. Things such as personal finance and reading scripture are topics that have several different positions which may be a sharing of thought and idea that will raise a bell tower of resonating relationship.
Ultimately, giving to those who are in need can be exponentially positive in will and cheer. There may be many people in need including the one giving. Although it may not be material goods, it may be relational, physical or even spiritual. Doing this once a month can help the receiver but also the giver. In a letter to the church of Corinth, the author writes to encourage givers to purchase things for others in need.