By Allen White
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
These words run counter too much of the thinking in the world today. What seems logical is that if I hang on to what I have or invest it well, then I will prosper. Giving generously seems like a sure path to poverty.
This Proverb is reminiscent of the last scene of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” George Bailey, the generous Building and Loan proprietor, has seemingly lost it all to Mr. Potter. The bank is quickly closing in. In desperation, George decides to end it all, but an angel, Clarence, intervenes. When he finally arrives home, George is met by friends and neighbors from all around who give what little they have to help the very man who helped them.
We cheer for the underdog. We celebrate that good guys can finish first. We don’t have the same feelings for Mr. Potter, a greedy, sour old man. Much like Bernie Madolf or another scam artist, no one would volunteer to come to their aid. It’s hard to sing Auld Lang Syne with them.
Who can you be generous to today?
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