It all started with a Bible verse I read. It is found in the book of proverbs, one of my favorites. Proverbs is a book of wisdom and knowledge. King Solomon is said to be the author of this book and it was one of these verses that caught my attention.
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Proverbs 11:24
I really like the first part of that verse about giving freely, yet gaining more. That sounds like a win-win situation, but then I read the second part. “Another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Unduly can also mean, improperly, unfairly, or excessively. All which, according to that verse, leads to poverty. I don’t want any of that poverty business. Been there, done that.
However, it had me thinking about purposefully giving for a week. I wanted to see this verse come to pass in my life, so began my week of the giving experiment. My findings were as follows, it was fun! I really don’t know how people can be stingy with their things, time, or talents when giving is so much fun! It feels good, makes me happy and blesses me more to give than to receive.
I would wake up every morning thinking, what can I give away today! There was no boundaries, no rules. The Bible verse was not specific, so I gave away a variety of things. One day I cooked a tasty breakfast burrito and gave it to my neighbor. Another day I gave some money to my nephew, and then once I gave several dozen cookies to a family.
What did I gain? Surprisingly in my one week I gained a beautiful shirt, an awesome Bible study book, and a leather chair. But more importantly I was happier! So many people want to be happier. They think material things or more money will bring them happiness. But I am telling you giving instead of getting is where it’s at!
I also felt closer to God. God is a giver! He gave us Jesus to wash away our sins. He gave us forgiveness, a better life, and eternal life. Being a giver has drawn me closer to God and that was the biggest reward I gained. I challenge you to conduct your own giving week experiment and tell me how it went.
Until next time,
wife, author, pastor