I am a firm believer in the universal principle of sowing in the aspect of finances.
This principle of sowing is biblical and similar to that of contribution- an overriding principle of societal trust.
It’s the intent to create value instead of destroying, and to give back instead of take.
We are owners of nothing
It is a fact and reality that all of us are born on this earth with nothing and eventually, we will also leave this earth with nothing.
Nothing on this earth ( which includes our finances) truly belong to us as we will leave them all behind upon our demise.
Since that is true, it leaves with us with a logical response to use whatever we have, especially our finances wisely and purposefully during our lifetime.
Our approach in living life should be one that aims to take advantage of our God-given “window” of opportunity to make difference and impact in our generation by readily giving back.
Going against conventional wisdom
For most of us, this principle of giving clearly goes against conventional wisdom that teaches us to hoard and splurge on ourselves.
This has led us in becoming willing slaves to consumerism in our modern society.
Evidently, we have allowed consumerism to define who we are; which equates to our personal happiness with the consumption and the purchase of material possessions.
Therefore, an effective cure towards unhealthy consumerism is adopting the principle of sowing in one’s lifestyle.
Living a life of giving
William Colgate, the founder of the Colgate-Polmalive Company, maker of soaps and dental-care products was a regular giver.
Throughout his long and successful business career, he gave not merely one-tenth of the earnings of Colgate’s soap products; but he gave two-tenths, then three-tenths, and finally five-tenths of all his income to the work of God in the world.
During the later days of his life he revealed the origin of his devotion to the idea of tithing.
Since his death in 1857, he left behind a company that is successful to this day and a college that bears his name.
In 2006, Warren Buffett announced that he would give $37 billion (85 per cent of his net worth) to charity.
Two years later in 2008, Forbes ranked him as the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of approximately $62 billion.
Clearly, his net worth did not deplete with his generous giving, instead he reaped more from what he had sowed and remained massively wealthy.
This is the universal principle of sowing at work.
Reaping from the giving
Many of us (including myself) are no where near Warren Buffet’s net worth, but I believe we can still start sowing whatever little ‘seeds’ of finances we may have.
Personally, I started sowing nine years ago. My main practise of this is in the form of a monthly tithe to my local church.
Since then, I have experienced steady and accelerated growth in my personal finances with promotions and salary increments.
I know I’m have been blessed as I do not have any material lack. Now I also do not need to borrow on occasions like I had to in the past, just so that I could tide through the rest of the month.
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
I had also experienced many miracles of practical providence from various avenues that helped me to be where I am today.
For instance, my fully-sponsored degree education and love offerings when I was unemployed whilst transiting between jobs.
Start sowing your ‘seeds’ of finances
Having experienced this principle at work, I realised that my earning capacity and value-add does increase with my desire and my readiness to give generously.
However, please do not be misunderstand that I’m promoting giving to help others with the intent to gain something back or to expect financial returns.
My reasons for citing those examples including mine is to attest that giving isn’t that horrifying as one might think.
In fact, it is so…ul rewarding.
Even if one is not a Christian, I believe this principle is universally applicable. And for instance, anyone can start sowing regularly (a tithe or one-tenth) towards a humanitarian cause or some charitable programme.
True living comes from real giving. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.
Let’s start sowing!