Have you noticed? Our culture is all about receiving, not giving. We’re always thinking about what others can give or do for us. But it seems like the more we get, the more we want. It’s never enough. It seems to me that, if we can never get enough, might there be a better way?
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will be returned 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)
What’s currently on your wish list right now? What do you dream about owning? It may not even be an object. Maybe you dream of being someone, doing something…the point is, we all want things. We get so wrapped up in this that we forget about the other side of it: Giving.
Do you know someone who gives unconditionally? People like that are just amazing. When it comes to them, there really is a “free lunch”. They give and except nothing in return. They have faith that God will give them what they need in order to give to you.
Here’s the thing: These people have something more valuable than anything money can buy. They have the gift of giving. To give without expecting anything back is a gift in itself. It’s true: We can never get enough. But that’s because this focus on “getting” isn’t enough to satisfy us. Giving? That’s a different story. When we give, we are making someone else happy. We’re turning the focus away from ourselves.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)
When all we care about is ourselves, we aren’t really living. I’ve found that one of the things that lifts my spirits the most is to see another person smile because of a gift I have given them. Why not give it a try? I think you’ll see what I mean.