It is better to give than receive

Acts 20:35 35In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the LORD Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “

We all the opportunity to give to others each day and often several times a day. It could be as simple as a smile, opening a door for someone, allowing someone to go in front of you in the checkout line, or even a phone call. There are so ways to give. Yet, many of us get so caught up in own lives we do not even think about giving. Many years ago, I attended a life changing weekend where the motto, “Givers gain and takers loose,” was the theme. We learned the simple act of a hug could change our perspective when we learn to give as well as receive.

During these times where so many people have been impacted monetarily, emotionally, and physically giving is crucial. It may change a depressed, overwhelmed, or angry persons demeanor and outlook. One act of giving can turn a bad day into a great day, it means making people happier and more productive. It also often causes the giver to have more joy as well.

The opposite is true of takers. They are often selfish and draining on their relationship with others. They are the ones that always want things their way. They tend to go from zero to angry in seconds. They sometimes throw tantrums even as adults.  They often give begrudgingly, expect something in return, or because they are wanting to appear like the they are givers. They are only happy when things are going their way, or they are doing what they want to do. But as soon as they are told “No” or are alone their happiness fades and they become lonely, sad and depression and anger creep in. Takers also always blame others for things. It is never their fault no matter what. The often cannot say, “I am sorry.”

Though this may be true of takers, the opposite is true of givers. By watching others smile when they receive the giver reaps the benefits of a happy heart making them more joyful and productive. Have you ever started out having a bad day only to have it change because someone did something unexpected which changed your perspective? When we give to others without expecting something return, both parties gain. Just taking 5 minutes out of your day can change someone else’s outlook as well as your own.  We can all live better more blessed lives when we give freely to each other

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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