The Blessings of Giving
Giving is one of the best rewards you can give yourself. It is the prerequisite for experiencing the fullness of living. We are creatures designed for giving. Giving is a personal template from God. “For God so loved the world He gave…” It is taking what you have and offering it to another so that they may gain. Giving grows in its value depending on the price paid to give it. It adds life to another. It is the wellspring that blesses both the giver and the receiver. It has untold worth that ripples through the lives of those touched by it. It is infectious. It sparks the desire to do good for others. Giving has no strings attached; anything else is called extortion. Giving does not try to gain acceptance from others – for that is taking in disguise. Giving is whole-hearted. Giving has immense power when it is done in the dark. God prizes the stealth gifts, for they are displayed on His big screen TV in heaven. Giving says “I love you” regardless, whatever, whenever. It spans time, circumstances – even wrong, strong wills. It sends a positive spin to all who are touched by it and sets in motion a domino-effect throughout the generations.
Giving has many forms. Even the smallest gift of a prayer can add mountains of hope in due season. Giving is a mystery to the world, for the world flexes its taking muscle and wonders why the end of it is emptiness. Giving keeps you busy from doing the wrong things. It is the antidote for personal loss. Giving in the right spirit, with the right motive, has no loss, for God wastes nothing. Giving blesses the giver before it even gets to the receiver. Giving is only giving what has been given you. For the greatest gift is being for-given.