A man who was hiking in the mountains was taken by surprise in a sudden snow storm and quickly lost his way. He knew he needed to find shelter fast, or he would freeze to death. Despite all of his efforts, his hands and feet quickly went numb. In his wandering he literally tripped over another man who was almost frozen. The hiker had to make a decision: should he help the man or should he continue in hopes of saving himself.
In an instant he made a decision and threw off his wet gloves. He knelt beside the man and begun massaging his arms and legs. After the hiker had worked a few minutes, the man began to respond and was soon able to get on his feet. Together the two men, supporting each other, found help.
The hiker was later informed that by helping another, he had helped himself. His numbness vanished while he was massaging the stranger’s arms and legs. His heightened activity had enhanced his circulation and brought warmth to his hands and feet.
Folks when the hiker lost sight of his predicament and focused on helping the other man, he solved his own problem, just as it is written in the gospel of Luke 6:38 “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.”
Do you need love? Then give out love to somebody today. The quickest way to get to the peak of life is to forget about self and help others reach greater heights.“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
I strongly believe that nothing we give or do to those who are in need can go without some form of adequate reward. Usually you get more than the quantity you gave. According to the bible book of Luke chapter six verse eight; “give and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure- pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” This passage asserts to the principle that you get more benefits when you give. This means that you possibly get ten or a hundred times more value for every giving act rendered.
Too often this quoted scripture is used to imply the giving of money, but money isn’t the only object of giving. We can give in so any ways; we can give our time and attention, we give by saying kind words to people, by feeding the hungry, opening up ourselves and our doors to those who need us. When you throw loving, appreciative thoughts to people, every single time you get and feel happy for another person, you benefit the person, but you benefit yourself more. It’s like going to the gym to take an aerobic class, you do the exercise, and when you leave your muscles get stronger. With each exercise you improve your muscles, your vitality level, and your cardio vascular health. The bible is filled with stories of people who reaped the rewards of giving; below are some examples.
Rahab of Jericho gave by accommodating the Jewish spies, in return she and her household were spared from the destruction of the city.
Abraham entertained angels without knowing and he saved his nephew and his family from Sodom.
The widow at Zarephat gave her last meal in a terrible season to Elijah and she had her life transformed with more food that lasted throughout the famine years.
The fishermen who gave Jesus a ride on their boat to enable Him talk to the pressing crowd, despite a tired and a fruitless night at sea, got the reward of a “net breaking, boat sinking” catch of fish.
You see each act of giving done genuinely from the heart always yield so much more, though it may not always come back to you from the source to which you gave to, but God surely rewards us from other avenues.
Nothing goes unrewarded, even acts of unkindness, acts of wickedness, negative thoughts, envy, strife, jealousy, anger, all come back to us in torrents. So rather than increase your pains, sickness, sufferings, poverty why don’t you start giving out happiness, love, kindness, and laughter to somebody today so you can receive tons of it from God? Like the bible says; “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.”