Happy Monday Morning All!
The Season of Giving!
I love this time of year for several reasons: (1) This “holyday” season symbolizes, for Christians, the “ultimate gift” of love that came in the form of a new baby boy who was born to save, deliver and set free those who are lost. (2) For Jews, it marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the celebration of the one day supply of oil that lasted eightdays (since my savior is Jewish, I celebrate both). (3) I love the sound of Christmas music. (4) Christmas/Hanukkah decorations are on display in front yards, throughout homes, in department stores, shopping malls and many other public places. (5) Folks seem to be a bit more generous or benevolent and motivated by the spirit of giving.
Giving, I believe, is the most effective and long-lasting form of investing. Giving has such a boomerang component to it that if you pay close attention to its rippling affects, I believe it will convince you of its benefits. I’m a firm believer that we harvest what we plant in the ground of life, reaping what we sow in life. I am also a believer that the heart, spirit and motivation in which we give will be returned to us as well. An example of this would be, if you give to someone begrudgingly or because you feel pressured to, you may receive a return on that charitable gesture from a place of struggle or strain. Below are some other lessons that I have learned over the years about giving:
There is never a bad time to be generous to the right people or cause.
Giving should be a lifestyle.
Silent benevolence is better than broadcasting your generosity all over town.
Better to keep it than to give it with a stingy heart.
Giving takes the focus off of our issues and allows us to help others.
Giving stores up future blessings for the giver.
Giving should be an honor, not a chore.
Giving keeps our hearts and hands open and postured to receive.
Isaiah 9:6 -7 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!
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