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I believe that giving to those who have a need is similar to having an escrow account attached to a mortgage: you are investing in your happiness by doing for others. What you do for others will be an endless river of joy that flows through your heart. It is said that with just one act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out and plant seeds of happiness by giving,too. Your greatest gift is the ability to share your blessings:  it’s what makes life meaningful. Winston S.Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

My daughter recently sent me an e-mail from Atlanta with a picture of a local store filled with goods just for individuals living in poverty. The store is set up like any typical supermarket where you would go to shop for such as food, clothes, cleaning products, hygiene products, etc. Only this supermarket was for those without any means to purchase goods—individuals and families living in poverty. Everything in it was free to take based on the person’s needs.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” is a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi. The idea of a store that supplies clothes, food, cleaning supplies and more to those in need reminds me of the nonprofit Legacy Housing Foundation, whose mission is to provide “innovative programs and life enhancing services” to residents living in affordable housing. 

So, from an inspirational prospective if you want to make an investment by giving, you have to be willing to give something.  Here’s why: giving is the key to God’s blessings. The Lord said that if you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. He describes your return on the investment of giving to others as being “packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap.” The Lord assures all who give that the seed we sow now decides on the size of the harvest we will reap later.

Remember this. No seed is too little to multiply if you are willing to sow it. By finding a cause greater than your own self-interest and pouring yourself into it, you will discover that God’s blessing is released when you give what you have instead of talking about what you don’t have. It is okay to acknowledge your limitations as long as you don’t build your life around them.

Albert Einstein said, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” So,if you want it, then give it and Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten

chaplain@lhp.net