“Give and you will receive.”  (Luke 6:38)  Pretty simple.  However, we find it difficult to give out of our lack.  As a nation, we have stretched the dollar so far that it has finally come back to slap us in the face, and we are in pain.  How can we give what we don’t have?  It was the Shepherd, Jesus Himself, who spoke these words in Luke 6:38,


“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.” 

Talk about a bailout, but how can we give what we don’t have?  In the verse preceding the scripture in Luke, Jesus said, “Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”  We can give forgiveness to those who have wronged us—it won’t cost us a dime, maybe a little pride.  Even if it involves forgiving a money issue, when we forgive others for their wrong doings, we release the blessing to come back to us, “running over, and poured into our laps.”

We can give what we do have.  Regardless of how little we have, there are many in our peripheral vision that have so much less—children playing in the neighborhood with ragged clothes and worn shoes, the teenager at church who can’t afford to go to camp or retreat, the hungry family with an sick mother…the list is endless.  We can go through our abundant closets and give the duplicates to those who are without—just how many pairs of black pants do we really need?  How many pairs of shoes can our children wear at one time?  When we prepare our meals, we can make extra for that needy family.  Give to the local food pantry those extra staples and canned goods.   Although painful as it may sound, sacrifice a stop or two at Starbucks to give something for that teenager.

Giving is good for the soul.  We are happier when we give; and the more we give, the happier we become—WARNING:  It may become habit-forming.   So, let’s move forward this week, not focused on the financial troubles of the day, but on what we can give away—forgiveness and loving gestures of kindness.  According to Him, it will come right back at us, running over, and poured into our laps.   Let’s repeat together:  “Give, and you will receive.”  Pretty simple.