There’s an important adage that says: "Fish for a man: feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish: feed him for a lifetime." As you give to help others, consider these points:
1. APPRECIATION: The 1st time you offer something, you create appreciation.
2. ANTICIPATION: On the 2nd occasion, you sow the seeds of anticipation.
3. EXPECTATION: By the 3rd interaction, expectation starts to take root.
4. ENTITLEMENT: The 4th instance may breed a sense of entitlement.
5. DEPENDENCY: After the 5th exchange, dependency can creep in.
6. RESENTMENT: If, on the 6th occasion, you choose not to give, it develops into resentment and even hatred.
This is not to discourage you from giving, but rather to highlight certain principles of giving. We ought to be givers, but it’s equally important that our giving empowers others, enabling them to have the strength to give as well. Our aim should be to uplift others, not to cripple them.
Remember God says:
Proverbs 19:17: "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD, and that which he hath given will he pay him again."
Proverbs 22:9: "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor."
Proverbs 28:27: "He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse."