Why is it so hard to separate getting and giving? It is no secret that many of us are, by nature, extremely selfish and greedy. We seek the perfect material possessions to 'enhance' our lives. We convince ourselves that volunteering and providing something for others will make our own lives better. We expect thankfulness in return for good deeds. We give only to expect something given back to us in return.
What if we could change our perceptions on generosity? Is it possible to give solely for the good of others? Can we take ourselves entirely out of the equation?
I am guilty of thinking about myself... a lot. We all do it, consciously and unconsciously- we consider ourselves in every situation. How is this going to benefit/harm me? What can I do to ensure the most positive outcome... for me? Don't get me wrong- we have to think about ourselves, otherwise we would have no idea what we want in life. But what if we could switch the 'all about me' outlook off for a little while- to realize that helping others is about just that... helping others.
The picture above is so beautiful. The way it connects love, generosity, and hope, in the image of open hands. When we open our hands to others, we invite them in. We give away a piece of ourselves. We extend a helping hand motivated by love and compassion.
Can you choose to give without getting in return? Try to think about others today... learn to think about their position, see things in a new light, and be open to new perspectives. It may just be more beneficial than you think.
"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked."