I can’t tell you how many times at the dinner table I heard, “You need to finish everything on that plate, there are starving kids in Africa!” Or, “Turn off that light, your father doesn’t work for the electric company, you know!” I am pretty sure many of my friends heard something similar growing up. It has been an imprint on my life, which if we go out to dinner, you will realize that my plate is usually empty when we leave. Now that isn’t to say that as an adult I blame everything on my parents. They were just doing the VERY best and I truly believe that, but they were conveying the blueprint that they had growing up being children of parents that lived during the Depression.
As adults, we get to make that change from a poverty mindset to an abundance one, if we take the time to work through it. We have heard it at church through Luke 6:38 NIV ~ “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you”. What about “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NIV
But you say that things are tight and that you can’t give monetarily? Guess what?? Giving doesn’t necessarily mean money. God loves a grateful giver! That means with anything. How about a kindness? A gesture? I know that when someone takes a moment to open the door for me, I appreciate it and it makes my day a little bit brighter. The more that we give and gratefully receive, the more we are in the flow.
God doesn’t want hoarders because that stops the flow. It has no where to go, if you aren’t giving it back. If you think about it, money is a conduit, a tool for us to use, so is kindness, love, appreciation. Now I am not suggesting that you send a sweet note to the electric company in lieu of payment, but I think you get my drift. It’s ALL the same in the giving mechanism. Let’s also get it out of our heads that thrown out saying..but I thought that “money is the root of all evil”. Read it again…its the LOVE (or worship) of money that is the root of all evil. Money is a tool! Use it as such! It’s also known as cash flow. 🙂
If you want a happier life, then you better be prepared to put it out first in the channels that you wish without expectation from getting it back from that particular person. God has a way of giving people what they need when they need it. Trust in Him. Take the challenge, for everyone you encounter give them a smile, a prayer, a flower, something and be a grateful receiver of such kindnesses because you are allowing that person to give as well! Try it and let me know how it works for you!