Anonymity

anonymous A few weeks ago, Wanda and I got an anonymous gift.  We were pretty blown away.  We didn’t deserve it in any way.  Someone simply loved us enough to help make our life a whole lot easier.  We are humbled.  We are grateful.

If you are the gift-giver (and you are a visitor here), this is my place to tell you “thanks” and that your generosity has made a difference…not just in our area of need, but in our hearts, as well.

Anonymity is rare these days.  We live in an age where it seems like just about everything is played out publicly.  No doubt the bad of the world is given the front page.  Pain and suffering and crime and fear sells.  But we don’t stop there.

Though not as prime time as disaster and terror, goodness will get some play, also.  Especially around the holidays.  We stage photo-ops at soup kitchens.  We celebrate the donations for Toys for Tots and Angel Tree.  We keep track of how much money we collect for Advent Conspiracy and promote it to encourage even more giving.  We boldly teach it is more blessed to give than to receive.  All good.

But there is something pure and godly about anonymous giving.  All of us should have a healthy dose of not letting our right hand know what our left hand is doing.

The deep desire each of us have to be recognized for the good we do is a common struggle.  To simply do good or do the right thing, without being noticed, feels like a letdown.  (I won’t even touch the frustration we feel when someone else gets credit for the good we have done!)  The joy of participating in unnoticed, anonymous kindness just doesn’t give the buzz of satisfaction that being noticed does.  The private awareness of help rendered or aid given lacks the thrill of public celebration.  It’s just not the same.

That’s what makes anonymous giving so very good for us.  Learning to be satisfied with the “rightness” of the action is part of the maturing process.  To participate in the silent background of the joy of another person is the stepping stone to true humility.

And humility is the beginning of integrity.

And integrity is a necessary ingredient of honest worship.

And worship is when we only care that God is pleased.

It is not necessary that every gift we give and every act of kindness be done anonymously.  Sometimes letting our light shine needs to be part of the process.

But all of us need some anonymity in our giving.  Where will yours be this season?

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2 thoughts on “Anonymity

  1. Love this post!

    Far too often people can’t see the light of Jesus shining through our giving over the flashes of our stupid smart phones!

  2. I would much rather been seen as selfish than a “look at me” for helping a brother out.

    It sounds harsh, but I am turned off by those who promote themselves with their “good deed for the day”.
    Someone with more time and more money and Someone with less time and less money made an impact on lives too. But once promoted, the gift is lost.

    Don’t even get me started on the “Pay it Forward” concept.
    Complete redic.

    Unless you were able to gift the whole world at one time, keep it to yourself and carry on.

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