Charity is not showing off. It means that you should help the people in need from the bottom of your heart. If your servant is in serious need of money or any other material goods, help him first; because there are many people who will come forward and help a charitable organization but the only source of income for your servant is you. Your servant cannot think of any source of income other than you because that individual works for you 24*7. Charity is definitely not your cup of tea if you are only interested in showing- off. Helping others is the biggest charity.
Offering your seat to an elder person or a kid in a metro or bus is charity, carrying the shopping bag all by yourself instead of bothering your mother is charity, giving a good pay to your servants and people working under you, just a little more than they are capable of is charity.
Charity as a matter of fact is a very wide phenomenon that cannot be described in words. It is said that if you give someone something, you get ten times in return. But this saying is incomplete; the truth is that if you give someone something with a pure heart, expecting nothing in return, you will surely get more than ten times in return.
But if you are involved in charity for fulfilling any of your motives of for showing-off your brighter side, you can possibly guess what you will get in return. Even the selfish motive of yours might not be fulfilled and the result will be that you will end up nowhere.
A charity free from any selfish motives is charity in true sense of the term. You will find many people who are supporting charitable causes but very few among them give charity in true sense of the term. Such people are also good because even if they are supporting a charitable institution for securing name and fame, at least their money is used for a good cause. And the reality is all’s well that ends well.
Charity is also done for religious purposes; it just depends on where your interest lies in donating. It is estimated that one should give at least 10% of his or her profits in charity or donation. This fact has been shared in one of the most famous books about money management named “The Richest Man in Babylon”. Just spending your money on yourself and your family and living a life full of material pleasures will not give you the peace of mind that you need. The moment you know that your little deed of charity has brought a smile to someone’s face is the moment you will achieve that peace of mind which you truly desire from the bottom of your heart.