A very important aspect of relationship is selflessness. This may seem like an odd topic to discuss at this Thanksgiving holiday season. It is a common thought that being thankful involves gratitude for the things that we have been given throughout the year. Yes, this is true, but sometimes we forget that the best way to show our gratitude to the one who has given us the most is through giving back.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. -2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Often we too easily forget the warmth and satisfaction that comes to us when we have the opportunity to help someone that is truly in need. Certainly our goal in helping others should not be motivated by what we can get out of it. However, the natural occurring consequence of doing what is right produces a contentment that surpasses any emotional response. Essentially we plant the seeds of joy in our soul. Remember, we are called to be joyful even when facing trials. This scriptural observation verifies for me that joy is not something as fleeting and inconsistent as an emotion. Joy is something deeper, a foundational inner-contentment. Such selfless action is truly a gift that we can be grateful for.
Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will. -2 Corinthians 8:2-5
If we understand that all we have is a blessing from God, it does not seem unreasonable to give back to Him a measly 10 percent, known as our tithe, when he is allowing us to keep 90 percent. Tithing goes back to the church to support a wide variety of ministries and expenses that benefit others. Remember, a very important aspect of relationship is selflessness. It’s time to start investing in others if you are not doing so already.
Giving back to your church is only one way for you to bless and be blessed. Not all of your giving has to go back to the church you attend. I am sure that there are organizations that have instilled a passion in your heart and are worthy of your support.
I have yet to hear from anybody who is a consistent giver that they have not been able to make ends meet at the end of each month. Quite the contrary, usually God meets their need far beyond their wildest expectations when they are good stewards of their money. Keep in mind that blessings do not just come in the financial variety. We serve a faithful and trustworthy God. Sometimes we just need to give him a chance. You will find that you can’t out-give God.
Final note, Giving is not just monetary. Give love. Fill your home with compliments, compassion, forgiveness and kindness unlimited. In doing so, this will produce an abundance of things to be thankful for.
When we bless with our blessing, we will be blessed. So remember, gratitude goes both directions!
Blessings to all of you and your families and God bring you peace and abundance.
Eric A. Disney
©2015 Eric A. Disney, Marriage by Design
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