I’ve got an unusual challenge for you: pick a day and give away $100 in cash.
I call it the “Give a Benjamin Day.” Benjamin Franklin is, of course, the founding father whose face is on the $100 bill.
Why give a Benjamin? I believe there’s something beautiful in random acts of spontaneous generosity. There’s something amazing when you have an opportunity to give away something of value. But such a “random” act of generosity can give something equally amazing to the recipient.
One year, I had the same attendant several different times when checking out of the airport parking lot toll booth. I asked her questions while she processed my credit card. She told me she read books to pass the time and that, one day, she hoped to get a Kindle. The next time through, I gave her $100. She was speechless.
Who does that kind of thing? That’s what giving does. It reminds us that this life is not about us. It reminds us that there is value and worth in our giving. Because when we give, we reflect the Ultimate Giver. There’s a power in that giving which is hard to touch.
Some time back I proposed the idea of a “Give a Benjamin Day” to some friends of mine. Most were enthusiastic, but some confessed that they weren’t sure how to do it.
I think it’s important to note that we should follow the nudge that God gives. We need to be a little less concerned that the money will be used well, and maybe for once just be a bit reckless in our generosity.
In any event, below are a few ideas for how you could give away $100.
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