Live to Give
Too many people focus only on what they want, what they need, and what they feel will most benefit themselves, and they never get it. Quit trying to figure out what everybody can do for you, get your mind off yourself, start trying to figure out what you can do and go do it. Go visit the nursing home or a children’s hospital. Call a friend and encourage that person. If you’re struggling financially, go out and help somebody who has less than you have. For example, you could mow somebody’s lawn or help them with something that needs to be fixed in their house. Somebody needs what you have to share. Somebody needs your love and encouragement.
If you want God to bless your life, live to give.
When you center your life on yourself, not only do you miss out on God’s best, but you rob other people of the joy and blessings that God wants to give them through you. It’s easy to criticize and condemn, pointing out everyone’s flaws and failures. But God wants us to build people up, to be a blessing, speaking words of faith and victory into their lives.
It doesn’t cost anything or take a lot of time to give somebody a compliment. What does it cost to tell your wife, “I love you. You’re great. I’m glad you’re mine?” How long does it take to tell your employee, “You are doing a fine job. I appreciate your hard work?”
Do it today!
It’s not enough to simply think nice thoughts about others; we need to express them. As the old saying puts it “Love is not love until you give it away.” We should get up each morning with an attitude that says: I’m going to make somebody else happy and meet their need today. Something supernatural happens when we get our eyes off ourselves and turn to the needs of those around us. When you reach out to hurting people, God makes sure you are always blessed in abundance.
Reap the Fruit
When my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she could easily have come home and just sink into a deep pit of depression. But, she didn’t stay focused on herself, and she refused to dwell on that sickness. In her time of greatest need, she went to church and prayed for other people who were sick and in need. She sowed those seeds of healing. And just as the Scripture says, as she began to help other people in need, her own healing came.
I’m convinced that many people would receive the miracle they are always praying about if they would simply turn their attention away from their own needs and problems and start to focus on being a blessing to other people. We need to look for opportunities to share God’s love, His gifts, and His goodness with others.