Today, at an event organized by Alberta CAs Community Ambassadors, Mr Sam Kolias* ended a rather inspiring speech with the analogy of inhaling and exhaling.
He said that accumulating things is like breathing in...and breathing in...and breathing in. When you continue breathing in, sooner than later, you'll suffocate and die. Conversely, when you breathe out - and give of all you have, you get the breath of life. He ended by saying: "Giving is Living."
God never ceases to amaze me. Earlier today, I published the "Paying it foward" post** only for the same message to be reinforced in other words. Indeed, once has God spoken and twice have we heard... Whatever you do this year, if you want to enjoy the life of abundance God promises, you must EXHALE...and be a blessing to others.
Living in the Overflow requires a flow-through after God's blessings have flowed to you. In Gen 12:2-3,*** God was clear that His expectation from Abraham was that he'd be a blessing after he's blessed. That expectation has not changed. It's not about waiting to get more before you give. Start with what's in your hand today...start today.
If you need ideas or suggestions on how to be a blessing in your community, Beryl and I wilĺ be more than happy to share some suggestions - email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you as you become and remain a blessing. 1, 2, 3...EXHALE...
*** Gen 12: 2-3 -I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation. You will become famous and be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you, but I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you. (CEV)