Have you ever woke up having that feeling that something really good is going to happen? Wow! You’re just bouncing around, humming, anticipating something great. Well my dad used to wake up my brother and I to a tune that at the moment I can’t remember the origins of, but the words went something like this: “Today is a day that is filled with excitement. Nobody knows what’s gonna happen…” That song used to get me all riled up and excited for the day to begin.
When you live a life of focus and purpose, you tend to live in a place of expectancy. You expect a positive, profitable return on your investments of time, money, hard work, generosity, encouragement, kindness, and so on. When you work, you expect money. When you give love and respect, you expect love and respect. When you pour out of your heart to someone in need emotionally, spiritually, and financially, you expect to be rewarded exponentially. Well…you should.
You’ve probably heard of the law of the harvest–whatever you sow, you will reap. Or, the golden rule–do to others what you would have them do to you. Well, this is one of the many foundational laws that set our world in motion. When you put something in, expect to get something out.
Sometimes it is hard to know, after all of your dedicated service, your financial investments, your commitment to your family, your choosing to live a good life, how you will be rewarded or in what way you will be rewarded. All rewards are not “in kind,” meaning that when you dedicated those weeks at your sick relative’s side, you may not get someone to do the same for you. However, you may get an answer or an open door of opportunity to a silent prayer, dream, or wish that you’ve never uttered to anyone.
My main charge: look forward to good things when you release good things to others from your heart. Your dreams may come true through your giving a special kindness, a word of encouragement, a smile, a sum of money, mentoring someone who wants to be where you are…
By seizing opportunities to live in this way, your dreams of the impossible could be granted. Who knows what can happen? Anything is possible.
“If you give, you will receive. your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving–large or small–it will be used to measure what is given back to you” (Luke 6:38, NLT).
“God blesses those who are merciful, for they shall be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7, NLT).
“Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planted gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your mind what you will give….God loves it when the giver delights in giving. God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist put it, ‘He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out'” (2 Corinthians 9:6-9, The Message).
“Give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow [Jesus]” Matthew 19:21, NKJV).
“Give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses in heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe–and no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever you treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be” (Luke 12:33-34, NLT).