Exercise:It’s Better to Give than to Receive

December 27, 2010 at 2:54 am Leave a comment

As we close 2010, upon reflection, the most important exercise we can practice for 2011 is the act of giving. It is better to give than to receive. As 2011 rolls in I challenge you to find something to give each and every day. There are many things that can be given that do not include your money, so relax, I am not talking about spending money every day. I am talking about becoming aware of the people around you and the needs they may have. I am talking about the act of selflessness; I am referring to giving of yourself to meet someone else’s needs versus focusing only on self and what your want or need.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38

As Jesus Christ was born many years ago, He gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. He surrendered His will for the will of his Farther, God, and died on the cross that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Because of his willingness to give of his life, we have been given the opportunity to be forgiven of all of our sins. He gave for us and set the ultimate example, because we are to be like Jesus. So as we close the chapter of 2010 and reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly, let us make a conscious decision that in 2011 we will exercise our gift to give to others in need.

Here’s how:

1. Be an ear to hear when someone needs to talk. (Giving Attention)

2. Visit someone in the hospital. (Giving Time)

3. Spend more time with your children and family. (Giving Energy)

4. Take food to the homeless. (Giving Nutrient)

5. Donate clothes to a homeless shelter. (Giving Necessities)

6. Take a friend out to lunch. (Giving Kindness)

7. Pay one bill during the month of someone who is experiencing financial hardship. (Giving Money)

Caution: Do not give so that you receive something in return. In ALL your giving, give as unto the Lord and not man, looking for nothing in return! Because God will measure and examine your motives in you’re giving.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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