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With the holiday season in full swing, so many of us are clicking away at the keyboard or rushing from store to store to find that perfect gift, or maybe we’re scurrying to this volunteer event to that one. Do you sometimes wonder why you keep doing it?
Well for the answer, we need look no further than the book of Acts 20 verse 35 in the Bible:
” And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
Is this really true? I mean we hear it quite a bit, especially this time of year, but does it really resonate with us?
Well, look at Jesus’ command in Matthew 7:12
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets,” Matt 7:12.
This is basically the third greatest commandment. When you treat others the same way you want them treat you, a chain-reaction of positive energy just flows! And it doesn’t have to be a physical gift. It can be you donating your time to those in need. It’s especially rewarding when you get that heartfelt “thank you.” Knowing you truly helped someone or made a difference in their life is so meaningful.
It’s really important to check your motive for giving. Are you doing it because you feel a certain obligation or you feel like you’re supposed to? Maybe you get a good feeling out of giving?
Here’s the essential question:
Are you giving to change your life, or to impact someone else’s life? You see, giving is never about you. The sooner we understand that, the easier it will be to recognize our rewards, and cheerful givers know that those rewards are many.
It is true that you get what you give. Whether it’s a little or alot. But the amount you give doesn’t matter as much as the size of your heart you give. So give with a grateful heart filled with love, and you will get back WAY more than you give!
Oh, and there are at least FIVE reasons why giving is GOOD FOR YOU TOO!
1/Giving makes you feel happy.
2/Giving is good for your health.
3/Giving promotes cooperation and social connection.
4/Giving evokes feeling of gratitude.
5/Giving is contagious!
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