Friday, March 2, 2012

Giving Equals Receiving

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. -Luke 6:38 (NLT)

I've watched this happen around me over and over again. Shaun and I have multiple friends raising money for adoptions, missions trips, and all sorts of other endeavors. I've watched, time and again, these wonderful people give to others even when you'd think they would save every cent toward their goal. And God rewards them for it! I've seen it! :)

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we were ALL willing to give more? And I don't just mean money. What if we gave more time? More effort? More love? What if we leant a listening ear when a friend needed it or offered them a hug of reassurance?What if we got together with our friends or our small groups and helped others out together? Are you picturing it?

Think back to your last selfless act. Didn't it feel wonderful? Didn't you think, in that moment, that you made a difference? Even if it was a small one?

In my Bible Study on Ruth, we've been talking about this idea of helping others and serving, of coming alongside someone in need and "taking them under our wing" for no other reason except that they need it. We all have people in our lives who could use a little extra grace, a little extra encouragement, a little extra prayer. Sometimes, you just need to look around and really SEE them.

Here's my challenge for you and me today: Find someone to give a little more to today. Whether it's your husband, your children, a friend, or even just a person at the grocery store or the library, give them a little more today and see what happens. :) Have a great weekend!

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