The generous life is a far more rewarding life. It’s that simple.
My sister had a friend that would confide in me back when I was in high school back in the days of crank-phones and gas wars. She, to be brief, was an unkind person, to be generous, but she was genuinely surprised that all the hateful spite she filled the world of people she lived among would came back on her. She could not see the relationship between how she would backstab, slander and malign other people on one hand and the same being done to her over time.
She wasn’t stupid, just very short sighted.
But it occurred to me then that maybe doing the opposite might bring a world full of good. What if I tried to say only kind things, avoided gossip and did my best to help people out? Would it come back to me in the form of good things, good friends and good vibes?
I hesitantly applied my newfound principle off and on over the years. Though I could see the logic, I just didn’t have the faith to follow it. Then I had an experience that opened my eyes to how well this not only brings you ‘good karma’, but how it can fill your heart with good feelings and trust.
The older I have gotten, the more I see that this works. Generosity is its own reward to rephrase an old saying.
It really does work folks, far beyond anything I could have imagined.
I still have lots of problems, but they are so much smaller in scope and the peace I feel now is just priceless.
Luke 6: 35-38
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return;[c] and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
It really works, it does. I wish I had started living this way earlier when my kids were younger that they might have seen a better example of a father.