God Has a Bigger Shovel (Luke 6:38)
Luke 6:38, Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
This principle is universal. A person who has a generous spirit will get back even more than what they gave. This certainly is true in respect to giving to God. He will also give back more than we give to Him.
While traveling during a rainy day, an elderly woman had a flat tire. As her car sat on the side of the road, she was approached by a young man. The young man said, "I'm here to help you, ma'am. Why don't you wait in the car where it's warm? By the way, my name is Bryan." After he changed her tire she rolled the window down and asked him how much she owed him. Bryan never thought twice about asking for money, even though he could have used some financial help. Changing a tire was not a job to him; it was a matter of helping someone in need. He told the woman that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance they needed. "And when you do," he added, "think of me." Bryan waited until the woman started her car and drove off.
A few miles down the road the woman saw a small diner and she went in to grab a bite to eat. Her waitress had a sweet smile, one that couldn't be erased, even though she had been on her feet all day. The woman noticed that the waitress was pregnant. She wondered how someone who seemingly had so little could be so generous and kind to a stranger. After she finished her meal, she remembered Bryan and she gave the waitress a $100 bill. While the waitress went to get change, the woman slipped quietly out the door. When the waitress came back to the table, she noticed something written on a napkin. When she picked it up to read it, she noticed four $100 bills that had been left underneath it. There were tears in the waitress's eyes when she read what the woman had written: "You don't owe me anything. I've been there, too. Somebody nice helped me out, the way I'm helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here is what you do: don't let this chain of love end with you."
That night when the waitress got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the woman had written. How could the woman have known how much she and her husband needed that money? With the baby due in a month, she knew how worried her husband was. As he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered softly, "Everything's going to be all right. I love you, Bryan." Bryan was the young man that changed the tire.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, when You sent Jesus to this world, You gave us heaven’s best. While there is certainly no way I could ever out give You, I can honor You by demonstrating a Christlike behavior to others. In Jesus name, Amen!
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