I was meditating on this scripture, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” We say it to each other. We say it to our children. But what are we saying? Are we saying it isn’t a blessing to receive? Do we have to give everything away? What the Lord showed me was that the word Blessed is key…. When you GIVE you are SOWING into your own life and future. So that when you have a need… all your giving has been deposited into a bank account and will come to you when you need it. Let me share a story from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
You all know the story… I would imagine… but for those who don’t know… George Bailey was in charge of the Building and Loan in Bedford Falls. Through some extenuating circumstances he lost $8000.00. Old Potter found the money but didn’t give it back, wanting to ruin George and shut down the building and loan. George was at his wits end…. and at a last ditch effort… prayed…. But…. as the story goes, when the town found out what happened, all the people he was able to help get a home or get a job (those WHO HE BLESSED and GAVE to) rallied together and was able to come up with the money and more….
The morale of this story is… when you GIVE you are sowing into your own life. So it is truly blessed to give, cause not only are you “going about doing Good like Jesus did” you are also setting up yourselves for future provision. I hear some of you saying… yeah… I’ve been giving, but I haven’t been receiving anything back. Well, perhaps you have and you don’t see it because you are looking for something else. Perhaps the giving was done in fear. Perhaps the giving was done with a wrong motive? The Bible is clear that God looks upon our heart. If you decide to give today “knowing” that you are sowing into your life, that is okay. It’ll be up to God “when” He gives it back. But if you go in with an attitude like, “I’m going to give, and I don’t want anything in return” is false. Because the truth is… you do, and so do I. That is the truth.
I remember for years I would give Christmas presents to every person in my family, over 45 people… sometimes more than one gift per person. Years went on like this… My husband commented to me just the other day. “Linda, you would have a car load of gifts and after delivering them all, you would come back with a handful.” I said, “I know… but I truly love doing it.” I have to be honest, it was with a heavy heart sometimes that I wouldn’t even get a thank you or a nod… And it took some time to realize that I won’t get anything. So do I stop giving? No… cause when I give, it comes back. I can testify. It might not come back by those I gave to, but in other ways… and I am TRULY blessed. Yes, I had to get my heart right cause I became a little resentful at the family…. but after changing my thoughts and heart…. I’m sowing GOOD seed into my and my family’s future.
So if you have been giving and don’t see any returns…yet…. keep on giving, and straighten out any heart issues along the way. Scriptures say that we are to give as unto the Lord. So if you have a hard time with the “people” change your attitude that you are giving unto the Lord.
It will come back to you, full force!! But when you truly need it. Like George Bailey. He could have had a nicer car, perhaps a warmer house, but it wasn’t until he PRAYED and was at a point in his life he couldn’t do anything about the situation that his prayer was answered. When we are at a loss or don’t have the means to do what needs to be done… all your giving will return.
If you haven’t given in awhile… you are not going to reap much tomorrow… Today, give a smile… a hug….. a coat…. some food…. think of ways to be kind and thoughtful… because when we are kind or thoughtful, we are building up our “thoughtfulness” bank account…. and you will receive back… when you least expect it.
The other day I was standing in line. There was a crotchety old man standing behind me. The checker was moving slower than molasses and commenting on every item she was scanning. I could have knitted a sweater in the time it took to get service. Well, while I was standing there, I turned to the man… he had a scowl on his face, I smiled. He said, “I got in the wrong line.” I just smiled… then I began talking to him. We were talking about how slow the line was, and just silly things. Then a few minutes later I said, “well, something GOOD came out of this.” He said, “What?” I said, “We got to talk…” He said, “Yea… and I liked it too!!!” He had a smile on his face and was laughing by the time we got to the checker. It felt like a made a new old friend… Sometimes WE are the answer to our own needs. Sometimes our thoughtfulness toward another will help us at that time too. I really enjoyed standing in that line, though it took time, cause I enjoyed the man knowing I made his life a little better for it.
This is the season to look around and see who is hurting… struggling… mad… sad… and make a difference, even with a smile.