Back in 1983, after a church service, my husband and I noticed that a young college student seemed extremely upset. We walked up to her and asked her what was wrong. We learned she did not have enough money to pay her car insurance and as she was living on her own and was a commuter student, she didn't know what she was going to do. It was illegal to drive without insurance and she wanted to live honestly.
My husband and I asked her how much money she needed. She told us. We looked at each other. At the time, my husband was back in school and neither one of us had full time jobs. Actually, we were two college graduates who couldn't get jobs during an economic crisis and so we worked two part-time jobs together cleaning office buildings. We were just barely making it ourselves. If we gave to her, it would empty our tiny (and I mean tiny) checking account.
We told her to wait a moment and talked together briefly. We had just paid the bills which were due, had half a tank of gas and could stretch the groceries out until Friday. We made a decision and wrote her a check for the amount needed. It was given as a gift of love.
Time passed. She got married and started a family. She also started her own business and has done well. She moved to one community and we moved to another one about 50 miles away. We no longer attended the same church. We've dropped a line to each other here and there occasionally but other than attending a party which was given for a mutual friend who had returned to the area for a visit, we have not seen each other for about 10 years. When I got cancer we let her and her husband know about it just like we did with everyone else we knew.
Today I received a letter from her. I opened it up and out fell a check which was double the amount we had given her nearly 25 years ago. Tears filled my eyes as I read the enclosed letter. One of the things she said was
If we could all give a few bucks when those we love are in need, we would all be living the movie It's A Wonderful Life
The point of this blog is not to say that we should give money to others so that we get lots of money back. It is to let us know that every thing we give, whether it be good or evil, is going to come back to us in some manner eventually.
If we give out blessings to others, we in turn will be blessed. Maybe we won't be blessed within the next few moments. Maybe our blessing will take a lifetime to return. However, it will come back to us in some way. On the other hand, if we send out curses to others such as unforgiveness, unkind words or feelings, jealosy, etc. those things will come return to us as well. Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow but unless we take steps to change those things into blessings, they will return to us.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 (NIV)What are you giving?
May we all be a blessing to those in our world that they may see Jesus Christ, and only Jesus Christ in us and they will come to know Him also.