May 2010

Losing=Gain

Story of the day: Losing=Gain

On my father’s farm were certain fields sowed by hand. He would strap on a canvas contraption that looked somewhat like a kangaroo pouch, fill it with seed, and go out to sow. He would cast seed everywhere.

When a farmer sows seed in his field, it looks like he’s throwing it away. It seems to be lost, but it isn’t really gone. In due time he gets it back–with much more besides.

When we give ourselves to Christ, it may seem to people as if we’re throwing our life away. But He said that it is only as we lose our lives in Him that we find true life. (Matthew 10:39)

Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by losses rather than gains, by sacrifices rather than self-preservation, by time spent for others rather than time lavished upon ourselves, by love poured out rather than love poured in.

It’s a rule of life: God blesses those who give of their lives and resources (2 Corinthians 9:6). Give out the truth you know, and He’ll give you more to give away. Give your time, and you’ll have more time to give. Set no limit on your love, and you’ll have more love for others than before.

Israel’s wise man said, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more” (Proverbs 11:24). It’s one of the oldest paradoxes in the world, but it works. [Roper, David. Our Daily Bread Sample Edition: Losing to Gain. Grand Rapids: RBC Ministries. 2001].

Quote of the day: Wordsworth

“When you grasp, you lose; when you give to God, you gain.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV)

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today and everyday I pray to be a sower of seeds, giving of my time, love, and myself to all those that I may come across. I most importantly give everything that I am to You in full faith knowing that You will protect and care for me. I love You Father and I am so thankful for the things You have shown to me when I do give to others by way of growing closer to You and experiencing a joy like no other. I thank You for this day and the blessings that it holds.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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