Yesterday I woke up to a text from my friend Toby saying, "I heard this today and thought of you." The quote was "I want to leave this world as a giver, not a taker." What an honor it was for me to be thought of by someone in that light.
"I want to leave this world as a giver, not a taker"
The messages didn't stop there. God wanted me to hear this. OVER, AND OVER, AND OVER AGAIN. The podcast by Rick Warren yesterday then spoke about the "anointed one." We are anointed to help others. To be a blessing to others. When Rick said the quote, "we are blessed to be a blessing," it really resonated with me. We are not blessed to keep the blessing all to ourselves. We are blessed to spread the blessings. I heard this message another couple of times throughout the day, in different conversations and even on a conference call! Ironic, huh?
Now, for most of you, your mind probably goes to money. That isn't what this is about. Of course, money is part of it, but it really relates to your talents. In the book When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Finkert, it talks about how we all have talents (our anointments), and that we need to come together to utilize the talents so that we can accomplish more together. Who is the best cook, cleaner, organizer, speaker, tech operator, motivator, fund raiser...you get the point.
Some of us have money, some have a gift of speaking, writing, cleaning, teaching, programming, selling, something. We are all different and it takes each and every one of us to make the world go around. We do have to remember not to enable others in our desire to serve. People will not do something when they know that if they wait long enough, we will do it for them.
So now that you know you ARE ANOINTED, how are you using those anointments to bless others? How can you leave this world as a giver and not a taker? It is easy to drop soup out of a ladle or drop off clothes to a shelter, but how are you really helping? Ponder this: how are you developing relationships to help people make the changes that they need to make, without doing it for them? Engage them in the change. Have them help cook the meal, clean the kitchen, shop for the groceries. Let them learn to take pride in taking the action. And, while you're doing that - build a relationship with them. Not hundreds of people at a time. One at a time. A few at a time.
Giving back by serving (not enabling) with your anointments is the a great blessing. Not only to others. To yourself as well.
Be a giver today. Step up and be a blessing to someone.
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