“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” ~Proverbs 11:25 (NKJV)
These past few weeks during our move back to the Great Northwest, my wife and I rediscovered the blessing of those who were willing to put themselves out for us. These people were willing to put a hold on their own world to enter our world to provide some needed help, and at a time when we could not give back. I thought of this Scripture.
In reading this proverb, we learn that there is a law in force that cannot be ignored. It is the Law of Reciprocity. Simply put: what we reap, we sow. Normally this phrase is used in a negative way, especially when it has to do with “wild oats.” In this instance, however, the psalmist wants us to realize that one of the major lessons in life is that to get, we must give.
I have learned in my life that there are takers and there are givers. In my estimation, the givers are the truly blessed ones. For this Law holds that to reap, we must scatter; to be truly happy, we must make others happy. This applies in the spiritual realm, as well. In seeking the spiritual well-being of others, we ourselves are spiritually invigorated. Thus, in watering others, we too are watered. But, we might wonder how such a thing happens.
I am convinced that, in our efforts to help others, we discover within ourselves the ability to turn ordinary things into the extraordinary. We also see latent skills and abilities come to the surface when we help others. It is only when we venture forth in the spirit of helping that we realize what we can do and how wonderful it feels to have done it.
This put me in mind of my earlier “running days,” those days when I ran for miles and miles when I really wanted to stop. It took me some time to discover the reason why I was able to endure those difficult miles: it was what is called the “runner’s high”—that feeling of exhilaration at the end of the run. The point of this is to say that we discover the strength for endurance and difficulty hidden within ourselves only after we fight the battles or climb the mountains. And, we discovered, it felt pretty good.
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.
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