When I think about the word “GIVE”, the only thing that comes to my mind is the definition of “KARMA” from a not-so-popular movie How To Lose Friends And Alienate People. It is one of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen, but even so you can pick up some lessons there. The line goes…
Alison: Do you know the meaning of Karma?
Sidney: A curry?
Alison: What goes around, comes around.
Truth be told, its applicability is limitless. It is one of the binding laws of nature that is absolute and basic – no man ever breaks through it. Mostly this can be attached to the Golden Rule or the Sowing And Reaping principle.
However, it is likewise a default thing for a man to be selfish. It is innate for human to be egotistical, self-preserving and greedy.
I know, I know, total irony! But here’s the catch…
Nature laws defy human instinct. We are born this way, but we can never ignore the fact that everything that surrounds us are a product of giving. Plants give off oxygen; Animals takes it and in return provides us various foods; People give off carbon dioxide for plants. Someone has to give their time to plant and water them, and they will return something valuable, in time.
See, nature teaches us this. And we are part of the chain.
Even in our present day, living as Christians in this dying world, we need to give something. Anything. It doesn’t need to be grand and audacious – just a small thing, a small act of kindness towards others or nature itself. Every little thing DOES MATTER, whether or not you are reciprocated. God knows what you are doing, every “secret thing”, and He knows how to replenish what you have lost for sake of giving.
I thought about Luke 6:38, and how God shows us the real example of unconditional giving. He gave us His only begotten Son to save us from the penalty of sin, the eternal death. I mean, come to think of it… He is a God; He owns the entire universe; He can choose the other way around and leave us all to perdition. And frankly speaking, just who the heck are we, for having someone “died” for us just to “save” us?
And the best part of it, He did not ask anything in return. He didn’t even force salvation to everyone.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you”
…truly one of the most beautiful laws of nature. Many understood, but rarely apply it. Some did applied, but in a wrong motive. A few done it for good motive, but expected in return. We are here for a reason, and that is to touch lives. If you stop giving, you cease to exist. And the world is an endless cycle; what comes around goes around. Meaning, what you literally give, will always find its way back to you – in another time, in another way, in another place.