January 16, 2013

Blessed to Give :)

An old man walking a lonesome road,
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and wide and deep.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The rolling stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow traveler near,
"You are wasting your strength with building here,
Your journey will end with the passing day,
You never again will pass this way.
You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you this bridge at eventide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head,
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today,
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
The chasm that was nought to me,
To the fair headed youth may a pitfall be.
He too must cross in the twilight dim-
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."

- Sources unknown

How often do you stop by and put that extra effort to help others? Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. How true is that in your life? Have you experienced the true joy of giving to others?

When we have monetary advantage, we can give in forms of money. But where money is lacking, time can make it up. Then, at moments when time is lacking, effort is there to cover up the sparsity of time. There's no excuse in giving.

Love is the root cause of our desire to give. Give a part of you away, every single day, every single hour. Be aware of how infectious that love can be. If there's no money, start by spending your time. Some people even say that time is the greatest gift we can ever give to people, cause neither us nor them can ever take it away. So start giving away that sweet Hi in a conversation, warm smile to the office boy, appreciative message for our colleagues, etc.

Philippians 2:4
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Hebrews 13:16
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Romans 15:1
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Acts 20:35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'

I believe, the true joyous men on earth are those who take delight in sharing their bountiful resources. In which case, contrary to the popular culture's scarcity mentality, their abundance mentality will bring forth blessings after blessings.

Because indeed, it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Inspired by Jesus Christ, the Bible, and John Maxwell