templeton-planToday we continue our exploration of John Templeton’s twenty-one steps detailed in The Templeton Plan with more on Step 18: Giving as a Way of Life. The following list provides the opportunity to evaluate yourself and your relationship to generosity.

1.  Do I give money each year to charities?

2.  Do I tithe to a church?

3.  Do I believe that life without giving is a hollow existence?

4.  Is it my philosophy that what I am given—in terms of my abilities, my intelligence, and my material success—should be returned to the world in some form that will help others?

By answering yes to these questions, you are already a giver and your life is enriched. Keep in mind that spiritual progress and material success are closely connected. Never be afraid to give. Serve others and you serve yourself.