A TALE OF TWO BROTH­ERS

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Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, there was once an abbey which had a very gen­er­ous ab­bot. No beg­gar was ever turned away, and he gave all he could to the needy. The strange thing was that the more he gave away, the richer the abbey seemed to be­come.

When the old ab­bot died, he was re­placed by a new one with ex­actly the op­po­site na­ture. One day an el­derly man ar­rived at the monastery, say­ing that he had stayed there years be­fore, and was seek­ing shel­ter again.

“Our monastery can­not pro­vide for strangers like it used to when we were wealthy,” the ab­bot said. “No one seems to make gifts to­wards our work nowa­days.”

“Ah, well,” said the stranger, “I think that is be­cause you ban­ished two broth­ers from the monastery.”

“I don’t think we ever did that,” said the puz­zled ab­bot.

“Oh, yes,” was the re­ply. “They were twins. One was called ‘Give’ and the other, ‘It will be given to you.’

1 You ban­ished ‘Give,’ so his brother de­cided to go as well.”

Freely you have re­ceived, freely give.— Je­sus, Matthew 10:8

I be­lieve that a trust­ing at­ti­tude and a pa­tient at­ti­tude go hand in hand. You see, when you let go and learn to trust God, it re­leases joy in your life. And when you trust God, you’re able to be more pa­tient. Pa­tience is not just about wait­ing for some­thing... it’s about how you wait, or your at­ti­tude while wait­ing.— Joyce Meyer (b. 1943)

I am de­ter­mined to be cheer­ful and happy in what­ever sit­u­a­tion I may find my­self. For I have learned that the greater part of our mis­ery or un­hap­pi­ness is de­ter­mined not by our cir­cum­stance, but by our dis­po­si­tion.— Martha Wash­ing­ton (1731–1802)

The more you give, the more comes back to you, be­cause God is the great­est giver in the uni­verse, and He won’t let you out­give Him. Go ahead and try. See what hap­pens.— Randy Al­corn (b. 1954)

In all of my years of ser­vice to my Lord, I have dis­cov­ered a truth that has never failed and has never been com­pro­mised. That truth is that it is be­yond the realm of pos­si­bil­i­ties that one has the abil­ity to out­give God. Even if I give the whole of my worth to Him, He will find a way to give back to me much more than I have given. — Charles Spur­geon (1834–1892) ■

1. See Luke 6:38.

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