Benevolence vs. Selfishness

 

Giving to othersí basic needs without having as my motive personal reward.

 

Benevolence in the home includes:

 

      Treating each family member with the same respect shown to those outside the family.

      Choosing to look upon mundane household duties, such as doing laundry and cooking meals, as a labor of love for the family.

      Caring about another family memberís growth in character more than his or her material achievements.

      Focusing on each otherís inner needs and desires rather than selfishly seeking oneís own success by fulfilling personal ambitions.

 

I will...

 

      see the needs of others as quickly as I see my own.

      give freely without expecting anything in return.

      not hoard things for myself.

      not profit from the misfortune of others.

      give more as I get more.

 

Rewards of Benevolence

 

Favor

Unselfishly caring about others opens the doors to ther hearts.

 

Peace and safety

Selfishness is conquered when people truly care about each other. When a person seeks the good of others, he or she desires to protect rather than harm, their bodies and emotions.

 

"Let othersí needs of kindness frankly be revealed: but your own good to others, always keep concealed." Ė Cato