Thoughts on Giving

This entry is part 15 of 28 in the series Leadership

“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

A player came in today and told a story about giving and how that she received more in return. She gave money, and received much more money in return. Witness to the truth of this verse, she was humbled by her experience and thankful for it. But then I asked, “What do you give to people who don’t need money?”

I wonder how much money is given all the time all over the world. There are numerous organizations who collect money and use that to feed, clothe, and care for people all over the world. To discount these efforts would be tragic and calamitous.

However, how often do we give love? How much do we give our ears? How much do we give compassion? How much do we give things that people really need that can’t be bought?

See the problem is that we give money, because we will get it back next week at work. We give clothes because we’ve collected so many over the years that we don’t even wear them all. We give food to people and will never miss it. Don’t get me wrong, these are good gifts.

I say give great gifts. We can give these things “in the name of love.” How much do we give love? How much do we show love? How much do we give things that can’t be bought and sold?

I wonder if we’re scared to receive that much love in return. Could we handle love in “good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over?” That’s a lot of love…hope…faith…whatever it is you’re giving.

It’s easy to take a bunch of money and throw it in a bank account. What would we do with that much love?

I think it would make us want to give back. I think it would make us want to love even more. What kind of world would that create? How different might it be if we lived like that? We have to get outside of ourselves. We have to get out of our comfort zones. We have to give something that we can’t just get back in our paycheck next week.

If you gave your last dollar, then I’m sure you’ll never want for money again. Would you give your last bit of love away?