Hey Good People!
I'm going to start by asking you a few questions. Are you a giver or are you a receiver? If you are a giver, how often do you give? If you are a receiver (as in you don't like to give), if so, why? Some people are both, and that's fine... You'll see my purpose for the questions shortly.
I am a giver! I'm naturally that way and sometimes it can be a gift and a curse. I give of my time, my resources, my love and many other things. Because I am a giver, it's hard for me to say no. This is where the curse comes in. People try to take advantage of that. The bright side is they can only take advantage if I allow them to. That was a lesson I had to learn over the years.
Being a giver is a great thing! Don't allow people turn your giving/kindness into something negative based on their actions. Also, don't allow your heart to be tainted in the process. Giving should be something you want to do without wanting a return on your gift. The Bible says, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV
Do you give because you want something in return? If so, try giving just because. It doesn't have to be money. Volunteer at a shelter. Give a bottle of water to your mail carrier. Those are just some small examples. However, don't expect anything in return and see how blessed you become for doing so. I love the scripture, "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 NIV
We are told that when we give, we will receive just what we are giving. Please understand, that doesn't always come back in the form in which we gave. So, you can give money but your blessing may not come back in money. Keep that in mind. Just know, your blessing will come back!
If you are a receiver who does not like to give, ask yourself why you have become that way. Maybe you feel like now it's your time to receive for a change. People have used you up and you want to be treated for once. I get it! I truly do! But the Bible reminds us, "But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing" 2 Thessalonians 3:13 KJV. It's alright to be tired of being used. And it's even alright to say no. But don't get to the point where you no longer have the heart to give. Your good deeds will not go unnoticed so don't be weary in doing so.
We all know that in a few hours, the year 2018 will be among us! What will you do differently this year? Will you allow others to dictate your actions, or will you take control of yourself and your reactions to others? Don't give people power they do not deserve!!! God loves us so much! The last thing He wants is for us to be hard hearted or turn a blind eye to those who need the Kingdom.
You deserve love, you deserve happiness, you deserve to be joyful and you deserve the fullness of life! Don't allow anyone to take those things from you. On the flip side, don't take those things from anyone else. Give to the best of your ability, and God will take care of you beyond what you expect! Don't give only in hopes of receiving. Be that cheerful giver and see what you receive unexpectedly!
Happy New Year and MANY blessings to you! ️