But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3, ESV)
I decided not to obey this rule: my brain doesn’t allow for playing tricks on itself so I always end up feeling superior after such acts.
I came then with two solutions to the dilemma:
- one is showing everybody what good deed I’ve just done
- the other is to let the needy help himself with whatever I can slip out accidentally.
In the first case I can cure myself of immodesty, in the second case, the recipient of my indirect charity can keep his self-esteem relatively intact.
Phew! Problem solved.
Wait, how can I fit these in the following?
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:25, KJV)