Created To Give
You must learn to be a giver and not a taker
Society teaches us to look out for number one. “What’s in it for me? I’ll help you, but what will I get in return?” We readily acknowledge that this is a “me” generation, and that same narcissism sometimes spills over into our relationship with God, our families, and one another.
Many people nowadays are blatantly and unabashedly living for themselves. They’re not interested in other people. They don’t have the time to help others in need. They focus only on what they want, what they need, what they feel will benefit them the most. Ironically, this selfish attitude condemns them to living shallow, unrewarding lives. No matter how much they acquire for themselves, they are never satisfied.
Friend, if you want to experience a new level of God’s joy, if you want Him to pour out His blessings and favor in your life, then you’re going to have to get your mind off yourself. You must learn to be a giver and not a taker. Quit trying to figure out what everybody can do for you, and start trying to figure out what you can do for somebody else. We were not made to function as self-serving people, thinking only of ourselves. No, God created us to be givers. And you will never be truly fulfilled as a human being until you learn the simple secret of how to give your life away.
You may not realize it, but it is extremely selfish to go around always dwelling on your problems, always thinking about what you want or need, but hardly noticing the many needs of others all around you. One of the best things you can do if you’re having a problem is to help solve somebody else’s problem. If you want your dream to come to pass, help some-one else fulfill his or her dreams. Start sowing some seeds so God can bring you a harvest. When we meet other people’s needs, God meets our needs.
We need to look for opportunities to share God’s love, His gifts, and His goodness with others. It doesn’t take much to make someone happy. Money isn’t required. You can share a smile, a compliment. Thanks for a service provided. Or you can do something practical: take something that is lying around your house or in storage, something you’re never going to use, and offer it as a gift to someone who could use it. If it’s not meeting a need, use it to sow a seed of blessing.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.Robert Louis Stevenson
A Prayer For Today: Father, I Thank You for the many ways You’ve blessed my life. I believe You created me to encourage and bless others. Help me to use my life, my hands, my words, my gifts, the material things You’ve blessed me with, to bring healing, hope, and blessing to others. Help me take my mind off my needs and wants and focus instead on the needs of others. This is my fervent prayer.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. Helen Keller
Takeaway Truth: I was created to be a blessing, to give more than I receive. Today, I will look for ways to bless.