The amount you give to anything in life is directly correlated to the amount you get back. That’s the truth. I’ve seen it play out countless times in my own life and in many others as well.
I sometimes hear people say “I don’t get anything out of the Service”, or “I don’t get anything out of church”. Of course it doesn’t just apply to church but to anything we participate in with our lives. Sometimes someone will share with me that they get nothing out of their marriage and they wonder why I ask them “how much do you put in”? Put in a little and you get a little back. Put in a lot and you almost always get a lot back.
The same principle applies to playing on a sports team or to sports in general. The young man who is projected by many to be the number one draft pick in the NBA Draft this year has endured many setbacks in his young career as a basketball player but with every setback he came back, put more in and proved that he was the best. Markell Fultz may or may not end up the number one pick but he has proven that the more he puts into being the best basketball player at every level the more he gets out of the game. It’s a formula for success and happiness throughout life.
Take a look at your relationships, take a look at how much you give to someone before you start concentrating on what you are getting back from them. If your marriage is not satisfying, are you getting back what you put it in? If your relationships are not working out, are you giving your best to others? If you wonder why you don’t have many friends or your friendships aren’t deep the first question to ask is “what kind of a friend am I?” If your job is not working out well for you, maybe a good place to begin in making it better is to put more into your job. It almost always works.
Sometimes there are those rare moments or places or times when we really do put in a world of love and gifts and get little back in return but by and large what we get back from anything is directly related to what we gave to it. The best way to get more out of your faith is to make your faith a higher priority. The best way to have a wonderful relationship at church is to give your best to the church. Give a lot…get a lot; give a little, expect little in return.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” -Luke 6:38