Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012 ~ Give it Forward

Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed
down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38


Giving comes naturally for my friend KP. One day she showed up at my house, I thought to simply encourage me. But it was also to give me a financial blessing. Her gift came at a perfect time for me as I was struggling as a single Mom. I was thankful and tearful. Her amazing compassion taught me a lesson about loving your neighbor as yourself. We are always ready to give ourselves things we need and want. But do we give to others like we should?

Giving is not always about money. The Greek word for give in the above verse is didote (δίδοτε), a verb of action in the present tense. It means give today. When I see someone needing love, kindness, prayers, encouragement, hope or another intangible need, I want to be ready to step up and give of myself right then, not in the future.

Giving also might mean raking someone’s yard, bringing in their trash can, baking brownies to cheer them up, running errands for them if they are ill. We should be thinking of creative ways we can give to others. There are hundreds of things we can do that don’t cost us a penny.

And quite truthfully, those generous gifts of time and energy will touch God’s heart. He’s watching you and will show you who needs what. Give, give and give some more. He will reward you in amazing ways.


Even though the theme of the movie “Pay it Forward” was not a Biblical giving gesture, it was magnificent in its concept. If you haven’t seen it, I really recommend renting it. Think about some ways you can “give it forward”, giving to others without any hope for a reward. Do it quietly, without fanfare, without attention to yourself. God will reward you and that is enough. Plenty enough.

What if you tried “giving forward” for one week? One month? One year? The rest of your life? After all, giving is truly another way to worship God.


Lord show me today, everyday, ways I can give it forward. Open my eyes and my heart to see the people who need what I can give to them.

Trusting in Him,

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  1. I love that verse (Luke 6:38) We've been on the receiving end of generousity and just recently had the pleasure of helping out a friend from church. It blessed me as much as it did him :)

  2. Becky, I love that you could help your friend. It is great being able to do that.
    Becky too. :)