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Week 24 – Give more, Get more…but Beware!



The principle give more to get more has some merits.  Giving generally activates the law of reciprocity.  Dr. Luke of the ancient scriptures, (The Bible) is quoted as saying, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”  (Luke 6:38)

That’s a good word indeed yet I believe a warning should be included with this principle.  Be mindful to give from a place of love, joy and unconditional service more than from a place of expectation of getting a return.  If the focus is on the “getting more” portion of the principle, particularly as it relates to money and power, often people lose their perspective and souls in the process.  Time and time again the ease of corrupted thinking and obsession for more thwarts the optimization of their service and impact.   There is truth in the statement, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  “But if it’s only money these leaders (people) are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

The Word further supports this thought saying, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”  People get “attached” to the more.  Money or having it is not evil, it’s when the emotional attachment to it becomes one of love and obsession that it can warp your thinking and ultimate outcome.

“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” (Luke 12:48)  Yes, giving more and getting more is a good principle indeed just remain clear that the more you get means the more you need to be willing to give.  Remember we own nothing…it’s all on loan to us to use while we are here on earth. Give more…keep your focus there and the getting will take care of itself.

2 thoughts on “Week 24 – Give more, Get more…but Beware!

  1. Thanks for these thoughts Celeste! I am grateful that we are truly learning to make LIVES from places of love and service!

  2. Great points Celeste! It is hard to give without expecting reciprocity, but it is the only way to be happy.
    I love how you ended with saying how we own nothing as it is all on loan to us… Great perspective 😀

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