“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” ~Acts 20:35
HAPPY HALLOWEEN I’m the Brite Bomber (Fortnite).
Are you ready to give out tons of candy tonight? Today, I have been reading in Acts 20:35 and when I found this scripture, “…it is more blessed to give then to receive” I immediately thought about the big Halloween dilemma.
Do I go out with my children and walk the neighborhood so we can receive lots of candy? Or do I stay in and hand out candy to all the children who come knocking? Maybe I can find some combination of both?
Halloween is not the only day of the year we should be asking ourselves if we are looking to be a blessing by giving, or only looking for what we can be getting!
God Loves a Cheerful Giver
Scripture teaches us in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, God doesn’t want to coerce generosity. “The point is this: whomever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whomever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Sometimes when we are looking for ways to give to others, we give things that we ourselves would like to receive, which is still a form of selfish giving and a lack of understanding for the needs of others.
I know that I love to receive gifts. I cherish tokens and trinkets others give me. As I use the gifts, I think fondly of the giver. Therefore, I like to buy my kids gifts because I imagine the gift will fill thier little hearts with the same warmth I feel when I receive a gift.
My children however, really feel most blessed when I am giving of my time to them. They are more filled by a game of Monopoly or a Movie Night together then a thoughtful little gift like candy or a new toy.
My sister loves to hear a good word of encouragement. She has shared with me in the past she is highly motivated by carefully spoken words of affirmation.
It takes time and a little bit of practice to learn the ways that others receive the blessings of love we are trying to give. But that time is worth the effort especially when it comes to those we spend time with daily.
If you truly want to take your giving to the next level. Seek to learn about the people you are in close contact with. Pay attention to the responses from different types of giving, and you will learn how to be the ultimate blessing.
Remember the Words of Christ this week, “…it is more blessed to give then to receive” and cheerfully look for ways to bless others.