An antidote is a substance that counteracts a form of poisoning. Sometimes the antidote for a particular toxin is manufactured by injecting the toxin into an animal in small doses and the resulting antibodies are extracted from the animal’s blood. The poisonous bites inflicted by some snakes, spiders, and other venomous animals are often treatable by the use of these antivenins, although a number do lack one, and a bite or sting from such an animal may result in death. Some animal venom, especially that produced by arthropods (e.g., certain spiders, scorpions, bees, etc.), is potentially lethal only when it provokes allergic reactions and induces anaphylactic shock; as such, there is no “antidote” because it is not a form of poisoning, though anaphylactic shock can be treated.
Giving is the only antidote to materialism. God prospers us to raise not our standard of living but our standard of giving. Martin Luther said it best: “I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all; but whatever I placed in God’s hands that I still possess.”
Each time you give away money, you release its grip on you. By helping others, you find true meaning in life. You begin to discover purpose. You find that money can be used for a greater good. It is more blessed to give than to receive. You receive far more when you give than when you keep.
The New Giving Mentality
John Templeton, one of the great international money managers, once said, “The best investment with the least risk and the greatest dividend is giving.” He figured out that investing in noble causes provided greater personal gains than the financial benefits of traditional investing. If you looked at your giving activities and developed a strategy consistent with your values, you may find additional motivation to increase what you make so you can give more away. When you become more selfless, life becomes more worthwhile and enjoyable. It all begins with developing a giving mentality where you truly put others before your own self-interests.
Sample giving mentality:
- I commit to helping others less fortunate than I.
- I will give at least 10 percent of my income to help others.
- Of my remaining income, I will seek to make generous gifts.
- I will ask God to teach me to give sacrificially.
- I realize I cannot take worldly riches with me when I die so I will focus on eternal riches.