Friday, July 4, 2014

What's in it for me?

"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25

You've probably heard, "Its better to give that to receive." Honestly, that sounds all fine and good, but it's pretty nice to receive sometimes. But when we do give, it's hard to argue that it just feels good. It's hard to put into words what you get back.

Giving is scriptural. There are so many different references, from 2 Corinthians 9:7: "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver," to scriptural references of giving the first fruits to the Lord, to the parable of the widow's mite.

For me, it seems that giving is a foundation of the Christian faith. The giving of His Son was the greatest gift of all. He continually gives His grace. When we give, I think we reflect these gifts here on Earth.

Often times it's hard to express what we get out of giving. We use words like fulfilling, worthwhile and joyful. We describe it as just feeling good about what we did or gave. I walk away wanting to give more, but have often struggled with exactly why that is.

I saw a video on Facebook today that helped answer the question. Take a look:

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