A while ago I wrote an article about the Prayer of Jabez (January, 2011:Diving In). In it I described how I feared the part of the book that required me to help someone. In that article I detailed every occasion where I’d helped someone, and I told how easy it was for me and how it was so appreciated by those who had received that help.
Today, I see so many people I love in need, not of the basics, but of those extraneous things that we all crave. More love, money, friendship, a better lifestyle, and increased favor are things that most people could use.
Blessedly, God has promised us all of those particular things if we have sown those particular seeds! You may have to go out of your way to be helpful and friendly to the boss or the co-worker that you secretly despise. You may have to make the effort to support a friend’s endeavor even if you’re too tired.
This is not rocket science, people. If you sow love, you will reap love. If you sow trustworthiness and dependability, people will always show up for you. If you sow money, you will reap money.
Give instead of loan! Every dollar that you make is not for you to keep. Help your friend buy that new pair of sneakers she can’t afford so that her child can take gym. I believe in the law of reciprocity! If I give, it will be given back to me in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
If I sow cheaply, I’m going to reap in little drips and drabs. If I sow nothing, I’m afraid my crops are going to be nonexistent! Whatever we sow, we will reap!
Try it and after a week let me know how it works out for you. I bet it won’t take a full week!