Paying it forward!
Mother Teresa wrote: ‘One night a man came to our house and said, ‘There’s a family of eight children who haven’t eaten for days.’ I took some food and went to see them. When I got there I saw the faces of little children disfigured by malnutrition. There was no sadness there, just the pain of hunger. I gave a sack of rice to the mother. She kept one half and went out carrying the other. When she came back I asked, ‘Where did you go?’ She answered, ‘To my neighbors, they’re hungry also.’ I wasn’t surprised that she gave; the poor are usually very generous. But I was surprised that she knew they were hungry. As a rule, when we’re suffering we’re so focused on our own problems that we have no time for others.’ That’s the law of paying it forward!
It teaches you that:
a) the chain of blessing goes on and on. Jesus said: ‘Give, and it will be given to you’ (Luke 6:38 NIV). Every seed has potential for multiplication
b) what you do for others affects what God does for you. ‘Knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:8 NKJV)
c) giving is vital to your future, but you must be willing to let go. ‘How?’ you ask. By finding a vision bigger than yourself and pouring your life into it!
When you do that you discover two things:
1) it’s okay to have limitations as long as you don’t allow them to make you dwell on yourself and yourself alone
2) that the way to not become self-centered is to always be on the lookout for someone to give to!
‘GIVE, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU.’ LUKE 6:38 NIV