Give and Gain, Keep and Lose

Give and Gain, Keep and Lose
I have a confession. I used to be a stingy daughter-in-law. I rarely gave my in-laws the benefit of the doubt. 

I wasn’t generous to praise their good qualities. I made minimal attempts to develop our relationship. (If you’re single, keep reading—this isn't really about in-laws.)

Eventually, the Lord helped me realize that I wasn’t treating them the way I would want to be treated, and He helped me change. As I did, I grew to appreciate them (a lot!). Our relationship grew larger, more loving, and more real, and my life grew richer.

Proverbs 11:24 says, “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.” (The Message)

Generosity makes us richer in character and love. Stinginess makes us small, poor, and selfish.

Are there areas of your life where you’re being stingy? Take time today to pray about this.
 © copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

Some resources that will help you become more generous toward your parents:

4 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents by Dennis Rainey
How Can You Honor Parents When You Feel They Don't Deserve it?  by Sabrina Beasley
God Didn't Ask the Impossible, only the Incredibly Difficult   an article written from a Jewish perspective with good thoughts for the Christian as well
1-Minute Bible Love Notes about Honoring Parents

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Give and Gain, Keep and Lose

1 comment:

  1. Gail,
    Your post made me think of the proverb "He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." We can never outgive, whether it's love, respect, time, money, when our goal is to honor God as we honor others.


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