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The Good In Giving


At some point in life, most of us are tempted to become weary in well-doing. The weary temptation may be especially true in the lives of those who have given unselfishly in a life of service to others. You might want to know how long it will take before you experience the breakthrough that you have been seeking. Despite the lure, you must hold fast and not give in to the weariness temptation. It is true we reap what we sow, and it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Perhaps it is time for those of us who are known by the title leader to view giving and serving through a different lens. Instead of viewing giving from the perspective of how much we are blessing someone else through our gift, it might be more fruitful to consider the ability to give as a gift itself. In that way, giving would be as much a blessing to the giver as it is to the recipient.  In other words, if we look at the opportunity and privilege of giving as a gift to the giver, it could positively impact our thinking about the value in giving or the value in doing good.

Expressed another way, gratitude has been defined as thankfulness or the state of being grateful. Most often, however, it is a response to having been the recipient of something tangible. Yet, there is another way in which to consider the significance of gratitude. What if we were more grateful for the opportunity and privilege of being able to give and make a difference in the lives of others? I imagine it could transform the source of our joy. After all, transforming our source of joy could very well lead to a greater sense of gratitude.  Recognizing the gift inherent in giving speaks volumes about the true nature of gratitude.

williams_geneace09_v3 Until Next Time, Best Wishes on the Journey, Dr. G

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