Reason to SMILE #107: GIVING
We’ve all heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive. We all nod in agreement when we hear these words. We say a hearty “Amen” and raise our hands to testify of this great truth. But I wonder if our agreement is contingent on who we see as the giver and who we see as the receiver. When someone else is the giver, we praise their gift and cry, “Bless your heart.” When the act of giving falls on us, however, our attitudes about giving don’t always remain the same.
I‘m not sure why it is so difficult to give to others at times. Maybe, it’s fear that we will be left without. Maybe, it’s just pure selfishness. Maybe, it’s forgetfulness of all the times others have given to us. Whatever the reason for our lack of giving, I am certain that when we choose not to give, we hold back blessings from both others and ourselves.
You see, our gifts impact more than just those who receive them. Think of the last time you gave a gift to a friend or loved one. How did it make you feel to hear the sincere thanks of the receiver of your gift so carefully chosen and lovingly given? Did it make you feel empty, like your resources had been depleted and you had nothing left to give? Or did it make you feel full, like your heart was overflowing and all you wanted to do was go out and give again and again?
Giving always reaps SMILES for both the receiver and for the giver. Even more, when we give, we bring a SMILE to our living God who richly gives us all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).
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