Give and It Will Be Given – Putting feet on the cliche

“False riches, consisting of money, houses and lands, acquired by selfish means at cost to others and thereafter used selfishly, are almost always used for the oppression of other persons.” Joseph Franklin Rutherford
 

I really, really, want something. What I desired is irrelevant, but I determined to make it mine by committing all my resources to obtain it. A grand gesture for important goals, but topursue all my wants, at all costs, creates an egocentricity that breeds a discontent of mind and ill feelings in my social circles. As long as I live, there will be a long line of things, people, places, and emotions that will never satisfy. I‘ll always want more . A better way to live is to apply my resources to help meet the needs I see in people around me everyday. When I help meet their needs, my desires accompanied by a contented peace, will come to pass. This principle is represented in many spiritual disciplines by the cliche “do unto others”. A lifestyle reflecting this choice is contrary to the materialistic, grab-everything-I-can-regardless-of-the-consequences mindset in society today. As a child, I played a game called “Rough Take”. Someone would, either purposely or accidentally, drop an item. A yell of “rough take!” would ring out and we would rush in pushing, shoving, hitting, and using every dirty trick at our disposal to get it. Thismindset exists in society today. Throw a few dollars in the air on the street, and watch as people lose all civility to pick them up. My dear friends, today I challenge you to a higher level of thinking and living. Help those around you to get what they want and your needs will be met without the struggle of a “Rough Take”.