Midweek Morsel: Giving and Receiving

3354087435_0f55c35d5d_zThe one who gives also receives. It’s a principle we see proven true time and again. In fact, we’ll often hear the doer of a kind deed claim that she has received the bigger blessing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it like this years ago: “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”

Let’s go add some fragrance to the world!

“. . . remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts20:35b

*How did you recently get a few drops of happiness on yourself as you poured it out on someone else?

*Flickr photo by Pink Sherbet Photography, Creative Commons License

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  1. We started a Bible study on Wednesday night with a small group at our church. As I poured out my thoughts/teaching during that session, I received such a blessing from God. As I was filling others, he was filling me. What a rich exchange!


  2. What a great example, Elaine. God is so good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. As a writer, musician, and blogger, I’m discovering that the more I share the glory with others and let them play a part in creating final products, the more I receive in return. One of my new sayings is “Let others shine!”

  4. Dan, welcome to my blog! Love your saying “Let others shine!” What a great philosophy. Blessings on your creative efforts!

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