Many of us have not fully realized a simple, basic principle: for our receiving to take place, we must first give. Giving and receiving are two aspects of the same law of life.
Lowell Fillmore shared a special thought about giving. He said,“Those who think they have nothing to give should remember that they can always give themselves, and that they can always render some kind of service even if it be nothing more than a few words of cheer.”
Every time an opportunity comes your way that allows you to give, welcome that opportunity with open arms! It may be heaven’s call to fulfill your highest destiny. And the attitude of the giver may be more important than the gift itself. It has been said, “The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” It is often easy to forget about giving when we are constantly advised to “go for it” and “get ahead” in life. We may become so busy taking advantage of what life has to offer that we overlook the opportunity to give back something in return. Life’s gifts that we continually benefit from are, in themselves, a good reason to develop and maintain an attitude of gratitude. Many of us want love and companionship, but it is a law of life that we must first be loving and friendly if we would attract to us the love and companionship we desire. We give and then we receive. It is often true that we must first release negative attitudes and judgments about other people for our love to be given.
The law of giving and receiving also asks us to be good receivers. As we give of ourselves, our time and resources, our positive attitudes and loving thoughts and actions, it is also important to be able to receive the gifts of others in a graceful way. Everyone truly loves to give, and there are times when we are being of service by graciously receiving what another would give us–when we find a way to say, “Thank you, I accept your thoughtful gift.”
The law of giving and receiving is basic to a life of successful and graceful living. If we are feeling a lack in some area, our first thought could increasingly be, “What can I give? What do I have to give?” If we remain open and receptive, we will know how we may give. The more we give, the more we receive.
(c) Prosperity Times