You may hear other people talking about how giving “doesn’t work.” You may begin to think these thoughts yourself.
You may even reach a point, where you begin to reason that you don’t have to give so much or that you have been giving long enough and deserve something. If you allow yourself to adopt that pattern of thinking and begin to ease up on your giving, then all of your previous generosity would have been in vain. Don’t ever stop planting seeds of generosity and giving. I know from experience that: “The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the later.”lxix
This law of sowing and reaping applies to every area of life, not just money. Sowing, good or bad, will produce the same in your life. If you want friendship in your life, then offer friendship to someone else. If you want to be forgiven, then you first must offer forgiveness; and of course, if you want money, then you must offer it generously into the lives’ of other people. Remember though, it works on the negative side too. If you are spreading hatred, then that’s what you will experience. If you spend time gossiping about your neighbors, you can bet that someone’s gossiping about you. Everything comes back and it comes back multiplied. Just like one apple seed produces an apple tree that will return countless apples.
Many people try to deny this law, but that doesn’t make the law any less real. Whatever you sow, no matter what, is what you will reap in your life. This is in fact a law of God. You can’t change it, so you should learn to work with it. Decide now what you want to reap in your life.
So, decide now what you want to plant in your life. If you want hardship and struggle, don’t do good for other people. If you want success and abundance, do good wherever you can. As Albert Einstein once said, “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not what he is able to receive.”lxx
Michael at R2W
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