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?