“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:25
By nature I am a very stingy person. It has never come natural for me to share freely with others. As a child, the word “mine” flowed freely and often from my mouth. Having Dawn in my life has greatly helped counter my selfish tendencies. By nature, Dawn is a giver. She loves to give. She is “watered” by giving to others.
The Father has given every child of His time, talents and treasures to steward. None of those commodities are ours to keep. They have been given to you and me from God to manage, steward and freely share with others.
As we generously “water” others with our time, talents, and treasures, God allows us to be “watered” ourselves either spiritually, emotionally, mentally, relationally or financially. Jesus put it this way, “It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).” There is a blessing that comes from giving both to God and to others.
Your and my generosity does not go unnoticed by God. There may be times when we feel as though we are “watering” others more than we are being “watered” ourselves. That feeling may be an actual reality. Or, it may be a false belief. But, I can promise you this – God notices your and my generosity. And, He will reward us as He sees fit. You cannot out “water” God. Nor, can you out give God.
- By nature, do you tend to be selfish or a giver? Why?
- Recall a time when you were “watered” after giving of your time, talents, or treasures.
- How can you better give of your time, talents, or treasures?