It’s Much Better To Give Than To receive
Digital givers are, in fact, more generous than non-digital givers and, on average, give 24% more in a month than offline givers. Many churches have seen an increase in donations by giving their congregants the option to give anytime, anywhere.
It’s much better to give than to receive
Yet, in assessing, diagnosing, and treating the spiritual ills of the Ephesians, Jesus, through Paul, taught that as good as receiving is, the giving is even better. Why? Whereas, receiving is often personal, giving leads to joy with others. If God wanted the Ephesians to experience the joy of the Lord in community, He would call them to know the joy of giving. Paul taught the Ephesian to give to those in the community who were poor and hungry and in need. In doing so, they become part of something larger than themselves. They become a true community.
The command for us to give is not merely to support local ministry, foreign missions, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Jesus is concerned with your growth in grace. To give is to experience being a part of a movement that is bigger than you are. To give is to experience the liberation from a privatized religion into a global movement of Christian faith, and this opens up our hearts for even greater spiritual blessings.
The essential nature of the incarnation is one of giving. Thomas à Kempis wrote the classic, the imitation of Christ. In that remarkable book, which I've used to my own devotion, Thomas à Kempis demonstrates how the imitation of Christ causes believers to begin to look more like the life of Jesus. We began to take on the family resemblances of our Lord. Giving is, therefore, part of growth in Christ. To withhold, to only receive from others, is to thwart the Spirit-controlled growth in the likeness of Christ. So, it is better to give than to receive because to give is to imitate Christ and thus to become more like him in our lives.
Perhaps, if we want to give as Jesus did, how we spend our time will be more important to us than how we spend our money. Are there bereaved people who need to be comforted? Sick people who need to be visited? Old people who need companionship? Disabled people who need their houses cleaned or repaired or their leaves raked? To give your time to others might be a better gift than anything money could buy.
The moral of the story? Each should ask himself or herself: What am I here for? What would I die for? The greatest gift you can give to others is to be willing to live and die for them, rather than just for yourself.
A lot of people, when we talk about the fact that giving makes you happy and you're better off giving than spending your money on yourself, will argue back, first off, that we're crazy, and, secondly, that that can't be true, because I don't really know what you like, but I definitely know what I like. And so, just by definition, I'm better at spending my money on myself and getting happiness than you, because I don't know everything about you.
And what we found was that people who'd been randomly assigned to spend this money on somebody else felt better by the end of the day than people who'd been assigned to spend that same small amount of money on themselves.
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Furthermore, no matter how much devoted care you give your dying parent, their condition continues to worsen, until the inevitable happens. Seeing the one you love waste away is stress-provoking anyway. And that stress is not relieved by knowing that you were with them during their final days.
In summary, then, we have our answer to question of whether giving really is better than receiving. Research shows that giving benefits us under two conditions. First, we have to give willingly. And second, we have to believe our act of altruism will have a positive impact. When these two conditions are meant, we truly are happier and healthier when we give than when we receive.
Kicking off to the opponent would allow the toss-winning team the opportunity to know exactly what it needs to win or extend the game. It would also give the team the opportunity to end the game with a defensive score. And it would very likely give the team better starting field position via a defensive stop and ensuing punt over the kickoff
With strong winds in Pittsburgh and a struggling offense, Tomlin decided to kick to the Ravens and make them play into the wind after winning the OT coin toss. That meant a defensive stop would likely give the Steelers the ball back with better field position and the wind at their backs. Ultimately the Steelers fumbled near midfield after getting the stop and the Ravens made the game-winning 46-yard field goal to win.
When you give of your time, money and efforts without expecting anything in return, your simple act of helping someone else impacts you greater than buying or receiving things for yourself. In fact, according to a recent study by researchers at three universities, assisting others protects our health and even lengthens our lives.
Receiving gifts is something everyone enjoys. But did you know that many people enjoy giving gifts even more than receiving them? It's true. You may have heard people say from time to time, It's better to give than to receive."
This old saying has ancient roots in many religions. The Bible, the Torah, and the Quran all encourage helping others. Today, scientists are also looking for biological evidence for why it's better to give than receive. For example, some scientists believe that giving to or helping others helps to relieve stress in the body and is therefore beneficial to your health.
Hey there, Wonder Friend Joaquin! We're thrilled to hear that this Wonder made you smile! We hope you'll think about how you feel when you give something, and how you feel when you receive something. We love to share and we appreciate when we receive something, too! You can always search our Wonders-- we have more than 800 of them! PHEW! Check out the categories on the left side: We hope you enjoy our Wonders below! Tell your Wonder Friends in Mrs. Hess' class HELLO! Wonder #598-- What was the Kraken? -was-the-kraken/Wonder #435-- Do Potatoes See with their Eyes? -potatoes-see-with-their-eyes/Wonder #726-- Who Invented Potato Chips? -invented-potato-chips/ :)
We're glad to hear it, Dylan! We think it's fun to give, but it's great to appreciate when you receive something, too! We have a Wonder about names you might enjoy, too! Wonder #681-- What's In a Name? -in-a-name/ :)
That's absolutely WONDERful, Wonder Friend G! It's important to remember why we give gifts-- it helps others remember how much they mean to us! Your holiday cheer is spreading-- our Wonder Friends are smiling! Have fun with your gift exchange! :)
What a great point, Tatum! We think it's always kind to appreciate a gift you receive, but it's also nice to give, too. As the saying goes, "It's the thought that counts." It's not about what you give as much as it matters that you have thought of someone else and want to give them a gift- because they mean something to you! :)
Not at all, Ally! It's important to remember the balance between giving and receiving; it's not a good thing when we only take and never give, but it's also important to appreciate the thought someone else has put into giving you a gift! It's fun to be on both sides of the gift, as a giver and as a receiver! :)
If you are in a leadership role, chances are you believe this wholeheartedly. Which means you also probably believe you should always be competent, never make mistakes and always be strong. Or that you should only receive when you have something to give in return.
You've surely heard the expression "It is better to give than to receive." But do you believe it? It's always nice to receive a lovely gift from someone, but study after study proves that there really is something to that old saying.
If you want to be happy in life, it has nothing to do with how much you have. On the contrary, it has to do with what you are willing to give. At the end of the article, Dr. Taylor mentions another study that found that, "When people were given a sum of money, they gained more well-being if they spent it on other people, or gave it away, rather than spending it on themselves." Why? Because it is, indeed, better to give than to receive.
Try taking a brand-new wrapped toy to a child who might not otherwise receive any gifts. I assure you that you will feel much happier when you see the smile and joy on that child's face than if you had received a gift yourself. Giving is one of the keys to happiness. Test the theory, and see for yourself.
"The same is true of people: those who give of themselves truly live and help others to live. But those who only receive, store up wealth, and are concerned only with themselves are like the stagnant water, which renders itself useless while causing death to everything that around it.
"We sometimes think that when we give time, money, or attention, we impoverish ourselves while others benefit off of what was ours. But in fact, just the opposite happens: the more we give, the more we receive. The less we give of what is ours, the poorer we become. It is a spiritual law that we come to recognize from time to time, but it is difficult to accept, and so few venture to put it into practice.
Some people say that giving is how God demonstrates his love for us. Others say that it will help you live longer. And some plainly state that giving just makes you happy! To explore this further, I asked Dr. Kore Liow, Co-Founder and CEO of Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience what the science is behind giving.He shared that in an experiment conducted using a functional MRI, it was proven that the pleasure, reward, and happiness centers of the brain lit up more when the study participants gave away $10 rather than received $10. It was also discovered that the pleasure they experienced from giving lasted longer than the pleasure experienced when receiving. Other studies showed that regardless of income level, those who spent money on others reported greater happiness, while those who spent more on themselves did not.