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Taylor Swift’s Generous Donation Reminds Me of My Responsibility to Give Back

Just recently, Taylor Swift made a huge donation to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Her $4 million endowment is the largest gifted by a musician and the second largest offering to the museum. It’s also part of a $75 million project called The Taylor Swift Education Center. And it entails a significant expansion that will include more exhibit space, classrooms, a new concert theater, a “musical petting zoo” and archives. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2014.

Taylor Swift has always been one of my favorite celebrities. Why? Because so far, she’s managed to maintain her position as a great role model for young girls. She has often said in interviews that she recognizes she’s a role model and she takes that position very seriously. And she has proven herself to be a very positive influence.

I also like Swift because she’s a great Hollywood star who doesn’t seem to follow the crowd. She rose in popularity pretty quickly, but she hasn’t compromised her goodness to rise to the top. I obviously don’t know her personally, but she seems to be a very kind, considerate and obviously generous person.

Swift’s generosity is a great characteristic, and one that we should all emulate in a manner that is consistent with our own circumstances. Swift’s success has afforded her a massive blessing.

Giving back is something that has become second nature to Swift. She definitely has not forgotten where she came from. And because of this, she seems to be determined to provide opportunities for others to achieve success. And it’s this act of giving back that reminds me of my own responsibility to use my talents to help others.

No matter what we become successful at, we can give back. I believe fiction writing is my God-given talent–although that would be for my readers to decide–and that my Christian novels will ultimately provide me with the opportunity to give back. The causes I choose and will continue to choose are important to me, just as Swift’s cause is important to her. Everyone has the potential to give back to a cause that is relevant to them.

God has blessed us all, and it is up to us to determine what that blessing is, work hard to cultivate it and use it to help others achieve success. Those who benefit from you should, in turn, give back in the best way that they can. And that cycle should continue.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you (Deuteronomy 16:17).

Ladies, what do you think about this story? What talent do you believe God gave you and how do you plan to use that talent to help others succeed?

Image: TaylorSwift.com

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8 Comments

  1. Sarisa

    Posted by Sarisa on July 25, 2012 at 19:43

    Hey, Nicole! You should get Taylor and Selena to join us on Project Inspired. And I know this is out of the blue, but what happened if you tried to talk to Lady Gaga, I don’t know…

  2. sierra96

    Posted by sierra96 on June 11, 2012 at 07:28

    I like taylor swift! Im not a huge fan but she is okay what I have a problem with is that she is using songs to hurt other guys back that have hurt her and that is not christian like. also I have never herd her say she was a christian and I think if she is then she needs to speak up more about her faith and that goes to all of the movie stars and sings in hollywood they do not need to be afraid to share there faith with people.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by thenabobena on May 28, 2012 at 23:34

    Taylor has always been one of my favorites. Shebalways proves to be a great role model and influence even when surrounded with reasons not to be. I actually just wrote a blog post that relates to this and your talents! I would love if you read it and let me know what you think!
    http://athenaballes.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/spring-cleaning/

  4. Paris

    Posted by Paris on May 24, 2012 at 10:15

    God gave me talent in singing and playing the flute,but also caring for children. I plan on singing songs that make people feel good,and I also plan on being the best mother on earth.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by kisa546 on May 23, 2012 at 08:36

    Taylor Swift is one of my favorite singers. She’s so down to earth and doesn’t let the fame get to her. I can imagine that would be hard. She inspires me to write songs on everyday things that I go through. Her and Britt Nicole are my biggest inspirations 🙂

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Creampuffchan on May 22, 2012 at 18:50

    Hello Nicole, I know this is very off subject, but I’d like to inform you of the ‘westboro baptist church.’ (although I’m sure you have already read of it.)
    It is a church that is very hateful, they hold up signs that say things like ‘god hates fags’ and ‘thank god for dead soldiers.’ They would protest at American soldier funerals, happy that the person died. They also hate jews and thank the holocaust for happening, also 9/11. I suggest you make an article for it so we can raise awareness to stop hate, and know that god is not a hateful being.
    best regards,
    Ashley.

    • sisterwhocares

      Posted by sisterwhocares on May 24, 2012 at 19:36

      I watched a video on that!!! It makes me sick, what a load of hypocrites they are. The church must have been founded by some poor lost soul who had something terrible happen to him in life and chose to take it out on God and others.

    • Posted by Nicole on May 23, 2012 at 22:23

      wow that’s so terrible. I will look into that further, and perhaps I or one of the bloggers can make a post about it. We need to pray for them.