How to Receive in Life

Bill Abbate

Our country's forefathers were willing to give their lives for freedom. This willingness to give has created the most powerful and prosperous country in history. Unfortunately, we are now on a slippery slope. Too many people in power have decided they want to take and give in the wrong way. The law of giving will not allow this for long.

Look at the many hundreds of thousands of young soldiers who gave their lives for our country in battle on foreign and domestic soil. Willingly. Their giving has given us our freedom. I have no doubt they have received their reward in return.

The same is true for the overwhelming majority of the police, fire, ems, and sheriffs who serve and protect us daily. They too have given and are willing to give their lives to do their job, and we should be thankful instead of hateful toward them. Have you ever found anything good about ingratitude? I haven't. Ingratitude is selfishness and immaturity personified.

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

Unfortunately, our political system has become so corrupt, with too many special interests influencing it. It barely serves "we the people" any longer. Believe me, when I say they will reap what they are sowing one day. I would not want to be in their shoes!

But this article is not intended to be about money and those it influences, such as corrupt politicians and the corrupt news media. No, this article is about the benefits of giving in our lives.

It is in giving we receive

"Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process." Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

We give ourselves to our work to produce the products that help other people and make their lives better. Everything around us is produced by someone giving a part of their life.

For example, look at the restaurant business. There are so many restaurants, each giving people jobs, saving us time from preparing meals while giving us the pleasure of enjoying almost any food imaginable. Sure they are compensated for what they give, but that is what makes the world go around.

Every food item in the grocery store, the car you drive, the home you live in exists because someone has given a part of their life to make it happen. They too, received in return for what they gave.

A wonderful thing about giving is you always get something in return. It is only fair, isn't it? The restaurant gives people jobs and gives us food. We give them money in return, so they can continue in business and prosper. Their prosperity allows them to give more. It is the way of the world. It is the way of life. When you give, you get. Always.

The most valuable things we receive from our giving are impalpable, intangible, and nonphysical. They are things you cannot physically hold or touch, yet they are very real. They include love, respect, caring, romance, friendliness, positivity, loyalty, faith, dedication, thoughts, emotions, and a great number of other such things. It is in the giving of these that gives life meaning, helping it all make sense. It is in giving that life counts. That life matters. Were it not for giving life would cease to exist, would it not?

"You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving." Robert Louis Stevenson

Until we come to discover the true meaning of giving and take action, we miss a big part of life. It is only in giving that we receive. Like the law of gravity, the law of giving works every time. Scripture pointed out the law of giving two thousand years ago:

"Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back." Luke 6:38 NLT

Pay particular attention to the last sentence in that quote from scripture:

"The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."

This is a crucial point in all giving. What we give determines what we get. The less you give, the less you get is just as valid, as the more you give, the more you get. This law of giving applies to everything in life, not just money! It only seems fair, doesn't it?

I love the thought that when I love, that love returns in some way. When I help someone, it always comes back to me. When I respect others, I receive respect in return. When I forgive, I receive forgiveness.

But the flip side of this is also true. If I fail to love and begin to hate, the hate will return to me. When I refuse to help others, I will lose out and not receive help in some way. When I disrespect others, others will not respect me in return. When I am unforgiving, I am unforgiven.

Always remember in the law of giving, the motive or intent behind it is crucial. To give wrongly will return wrongly.

Giving is truly like for like, tit for tat, or quid pro quo as the old saying goes.

Final thoughts

We must be careful in using the law of giving. Like gravity, the law of giving always works. If you throw a ball up into the air, it must come down. If you give, you will receive. There is no sense in trying to shortcut or attempt to gain an advantage over-giving. In the long run, it is impossible to do. You will always get back what you give, and this applies just as strongly to giving with wrong motives as it does to giving with the right intent.

The best way to give is from an attitude of gratitude. Give from the heart, give to help others, give expecting nothing in return. When you do, you will receive the blessings of the law of giving,

As one of the most influential people in history once said:

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." Paul the Apostle (5 – 64/67 AD)

Why not use the law of giving in your life to its fullest? Use it with the right motives with good intent and see what happens. You will be amazed at what you will receive in return!

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