Some of us recall the movie “Pay it Forward.” I watched it one lazy weekend afternoon a couple weeks ago and recalled what a good movie it was. During Invisible Illness Awareness Week last year we did our own sort of “pay it forward” by leaving sticky notes in anoymous places to encourage someone. . . just because. Most of you who left notes from the pharmacy to on actual handicapped parking sign,s said that it made you feel good to do it!
Researchers at the University of California at San Diego and Harvard University have discovered that Proverbs 23:11 is this scripture true. (No surprise there, right?)
One study had participants receive money to help others in a “public-good game.” The result? People were more likely to give their own money later on to help others in future games.
Plus, it turns out that one person’s willingness to help others spread to three other people, then nine, and so forth. Pretty soon dozens of people were helped or encouraged. And it all started with one small act of kindness!
When we have very little, it can seem hard to let go of what we have. But we are called to reach out to those who are hurting, offering food, comfort, or a even a prayer. We don’t need to worry about ciming up short, because god always multiplies whatever it is we give. So the next time you are feeling blue, do something nice for someone and then imagine what God can do with your joyful willingness.
Prayer: Lord, sometimes it is hard to trust that You will really provide for all my needs when I am living on so little–so little energy, money, whatever my need may be. But You promise to always refresh me when I give to others. Help me trust You always have my best in mind and help me be the kind of person who comforts others.
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and the author of “Mosaic Moments” devotional book. You can get the devotional book “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” till March 1, 2011, and it’s an amazing gift to share with a friend who live with illness. Watch your kindness multiply today.