From Rev. Arlene

How do you approach life – are you a giver or taker?

Before you make a list of people you know, and which class they fall into, why not ask the question of yourself?

I am not referring to whether you give money to church or charities or whether you volunteer. The answer lies in our motivation for giving, not where or how much we give. If we are motivated about what we can get, then we are takers. If we are motivated by a call of the heart to give, then we are givers.

Takers, no matter how much they get, never truly feel safe because they live from a consciousness of needing to have more than enough so they can feel secure. Givers give because they love to give, not because they will benefit from the giving.

Ask yourself, how do I look at life? Do I look to see what I can get all the time? Do I ask, “What’s in it for me?” Or, do I believe that life is a gift from Spirit and my job is to take that gift and, in gratitude, give back to life.

Wherever we are in life now, it is never too late to change from a taker to a giver. Being a giver has gifts that go far beyond those of the material world. It fills a person with love, peace, security and a contented and grateful heart.

Quote of the Week

“It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Mother Teresa

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