Yesterday I talked about how you receive money is another piece of puzzle in creating wealth. People are usually shocked to hear that “receiving” is part of creating wealth.

Today, I want to look a why receiving is so important, but from the perspective of the person doing the giving. It was a strange coincidence that I heard on the radio the Dr. Laura schlessinger show today exactly about this sort of thing. The caller to the program described how she had received money as a reward for finding a lost dog. They wanted to return the money, because they felt that returning the dog was the right thing to do. In her mind, money should not be accepted for doing the right thing.

However, the bible has a different view, from the perspective of the person that lost something. Two parables of Jesus come to mind; the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin.

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ “ Luke 15:8-10 (NIV)

In this parable, a woman finds the coin that was lost, and has so much joy that she wants to celebrate. So she knocks on her neighbors door and says “I’m having a party, come on over!”

Should the neighbor say, “You’re silly to have a party over finding a lost coin. I don’t think it would be right of me to come over and waste your money over something like this. Save your party money for a real occasion…”

If they had, what would the woman think of her neighbor?

Let’s paint you into this situation. Say your child was graduating from high school, and you invite your neighbor of 20 years to the party. And then they said “no.” Would your feelings be hurt? What if you attended all the parties of their children, would that change the situation at all?

The giver wants to share their happiness. If you are part of that happiness (such as finding the lost dog, or being there while their children grow up) and you refuse their offer to participate, do you think you’ll ever get another invite again in the future? Do you think that your invitations to them are going to be rejected too?

Accepting money from a giver is important to them. Here’s why, and it is first point I’d like to make:

“Giving exposes a person’s true character.”

There is a huge desire in people to show their character to others, especially on a personal level. They want to be known as a nice person. The act of giving gives them significance. It allows them to feel good about who they are, and how they can help others. It builds their self-worth, and causes them to be more generous to other people too.

I Don’t Want Your Help

Do you remember when hurricane Katrina wiped out New Orleans? Do you remember how you felt when other countries offered to assist in the recovery efforts? Did that make you feel like our country, the U.S.A., was “third-world”? We’re the greatest country in the world, and we don’t need help from anyone else. Right?

When you reject their gift, you are in effect doing a slap-down on them. You’re saying “I’m so much better than you.”

Doing a slap-down on someone is arrogant in any circumstance. How would you like to be on the receiving end of that? Right. It sucks. It takes away dignity and replaces it with shame.

To the “giver,” it seems like you were told that your money (and how you earned it) is filthy. You don’t know why you’re being turned down. But you do know that you would turn down money from a filthy drug dealer. So maybe the other person looks at you that way too.

There is another reason too: “Do you love me?”

To love someone is shown by “giving.” The famous verse in the bible, John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave…”

How does unrequited love feel to you? Surely you remember back to high school when you had a crush on someone, and they muttered those dreaded words to you: “let’s just be friends.”

When you reject a gift, you are telling the person “Sorry… I don’t love you in the same way.”

That hurts like a dagger to the stomach, doesn’t it? Just remember those painful days from high school…

In conclusion, when someone offers you a gift, TAKE IT!

Don’t be stupid. If you do, you’re telling them they you are better than they are, and that you don’t love them in the same way. It will cause them to feel hurt. And hurt people, hurt other people. Don’t be the start of that cycle of pain. Just TAKE the gift when it is offered, and be gracious about it.

A Gift For You

Now I’d like to offer you a gift, and I hope you’ll accept it.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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