The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
Proverbs 11:25 (TM)
Wendy and I have a "Meals and Reels" group through our church. We watch a movie each month and then have dinner together the following week to discuss the film. Last month we watched "Pay it Forward" about a boy who comes up with the concept of doing one BIG thing for three people (BIG as in it needs to be sacrificial – it needs to cost you something), then ask each person to "pay it forward" by doing something for three other people. Through multiplication, more and more lives are helped.
What a simple concept. One of the questions our group discussed over our meal was whether the concept was Biblical. While the scripture doesn’t prescribe it as the boy laid it out, the idea is definitely Biblical. Jesus gave sacrificially through his death, then asks us to "pay it forward" by loving and giving – even to the point of giving our very lives for others.
Do I look for opportunities to bless others each day, or does Holy Spirit have to knock me over the head with a 2×4 to get my attention? If I’m not feeling particularly blessed, perhaps I need to ask, "how have I been a blessing to others?" As the old saying goes, what goes around comes around.
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