Finding True Happiness — Giving People Are Happy People

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Finding True Happiness
Part 2
Giving People Are Happy People
 

I recall the story of two guys trying to make it to civilization while being lost in a brutally frigid and stormy wilderness with deep snow. They came upon another man who was in the snow and nearly dead, but not quite. The one man wanted to try and help the nearly frozen guy but the other man said to forget it, that they had to look out for themselves. He ended up taking off on his own while the other man got the nearly frozen man to his feet and tried to help him along. Eventually the two made it to civilization. Rescuers later found the man who wanted to go it alone, dead and frozen. As it turns out the fact that the one man put forth a great deal of effort to save the nearly frozen man resulted in the two of them exerting enough energy that they both kept warm enough to stay alive. By giving of himself at the risk of his own life the rescuer ended up saving his own life along with the life of the man he was rescuing. It pays to be a giver in life!

Dr. Henry Cloud states that “happy people are givers.” He describes his young daughter, Livi, who, along with some classmates, made cookies at pre-school. On the way home she told her dad how she saw a classmate without any cookies, and shared hers with him. She told her dad, “’When I gave Brandon the cookies, I felt something in here. Right here.’ She immediately pointed to her little chest. ‘It felt really warm in here.’” (p. 20) Yes, giving makes us feel warm inside.

We can give a great many things to others each and every day. We can give people the time of day, we can give them a helping hand, we can give money, we can give an encouraging word, and we can give __________ (fill in the blank).

I know we know this, I’m just practicing the ministry of reminding here. Remember the analogy from comparing the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee? The Dead Sea has no outlet so the water is incredibly salty (I know, I floated in it, got some of it in my mouth and eyes – it’s more like brine than water). There’s no life in the Dead Sea. The Sea of Galilee, on the other hand, has an outlet as well as an inlet. It teems with life.

Real givers in life are real livers of life! Happy are the givers! Give to live! After all, as the Scripture tells us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

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