Proverbs 11:24-25 NKJV
“There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.”
One of the easiest things to do is to receive. The average person is always in a state of turmoil, this constant frenzy of deprivation has created a mental condition in which we always believe we are victims. We have convinced ourselves that we are victims of the unfairness of life and that makes it almost impossible to see and think positively.
Our human condition is always propelling us to think, “what is in it for me?”. This constant desire to acquire, coupled with an insatiable appetite for things, has created monsters in us. Society continuously urges us to be net consumers who always want to have the best and the newest.
The world is a building frenzy around the construction of shopping malls and marketers are continuously reinventing their packaging and selling skills to satisfy a hungry society that cannot get enough. As human beings we always want, we seek employment and are employed to enable us to have the means to acquire things.
I watched the news recently and it reported on a product that was to be launched. The previous four editions had been a runaway success. The latest version was due to be released in a matter of days to the global shopping network. In its first country of release people had already begun to camp outside of the flagship shops in anticipation of the sale of the newest version. Some had been sleeping outside the designated shops for days and, as the sale day approached interested customers formed long queues that stretched for miles to buy this product.
The desire to have was greater than any other desire, nothing else mattered more than having that gadget. This pretty much sums up our human condition, we will go to any length to acquire the things we desire, and at that moment all the obstacles we normally conjure in our heads disappear. Our desire propels us.
In the same manner that we can go to any length to get the things we want, we must stop to reflect and ask ourselves what lengths we will go to in an effort to selflessly give to others to make their lives better. We are so consumed by the “Me, myself and I” syndrome that at times we forget that we are our brothers’ keeper. Our thoughts and actions should not just be centred on what we can get but rather on how we can give the little that we have to help others.
To whom much has been given, much is expected. In the same manner in which we have proven that the desire to satisfy self can be a tool for development and acquisition let’s use this internal mechanism to take time and ask ourselves how we can make things better for the next person. Let’s begin to think about all the people in our sphere of influence and take tangible steps to empathise with them.
Giving is not only about money, gifts or tangible things, it’s about a state of mind that wants to do good. It starts with little things like devoting time and listening and then develops to practical things that can be done to uplift others. As He has freely given us the gifts that make us the people we are, we too must freely give of ourselves and our resources to others as a testament of the Lord’s goodness to us.
My prayer today is that we may be given the heart of lambs, may our eyes be opened to see the plight of others. May we be a gift that uplifts and makes the circumstances better for the people in our sphere and beyond. Give a gift today, learn to give always.
For as we pray constantly seeking our Maker, He is watching to see whether we are answering the prayers of others by being his agents of good on earth.
Make a difference today.
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