(There is no greater expression of love than to serve and help those who are in need, and to give of yourself. In light of what is currently going on in our nation’s Gulf Coast region – massive flooding and property damages resulting from Hurricane Harvey – I decided that I would share this video message about a valuable lesson I learned from being in Paraguay. I hope that we will all look to our neighbors in the Gulf Coast region that are in great need and do what we can to extend to them any help that can be provided. And remember, as I have heard this saying in my life, and I am sure you have as well, “if not for the grace of God, there go I.”)
This week’s message is about a lesson I learned in Paraguay.
In this video I’ve just returned home from nine days on the road. I spent over 27 hours in airports and on airplanes, getting back to my home.
I probably look that way, but I don’t really care. I’m physically, emotionally, and intellectually tired, but it is for the best of reasons. I have given of myself to the people there in Paraguay.
I believe the highest form of love is when you give of yourself to serve others. And when you serve others, it is the highest form of humanity.
There’s a lot to be said for writing a check. There’s a lot to be said for bringing information or data to a problem that someone else is having.
But the miracle of giving comes when you bring yourself – when you give of yourself. In this, you serve in the greatest possible way. Your physical presence speaks volumes about your care, your compassion, your desire to support these people.
The miracle is that you gain more than you give. That’s the part that is illogical to some people. And for some years, when I was younger, it was illogical to me.
How can you give? How can you pour out, yet come away with more?
Certainly this past week was a really powerful example in my life of the miracle of giving.
I challenge you, certainly, to support organizations that you believe in. Give to those whose efforts meet the needs of those who are less fortunate than you are.
But when you can, be physically present and emotionally present with those people – because when you give of yourself, that is the highest form of giving.
The miracle of giving is that it comes back to you in greater abundance than you could ever give.
As you complete your Daily Edge each week be sure to include time for giving to others.