"Some give feely, yet grow all the richer; others withhold what is due, and only suffer want. A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water."
When we're at our best, we humans are a generous people. Despite the "provide for yourself" mentality that often creeps into American culture, generosity "looks good" on us. I believe we were created to give - by a God who models it over and over!
And yet we're facing times right now when we don't have "as much" as we have had in the past (though compared to roughly 2/3 of the rest of the world, we in the US are incredibly "wealthy"!). The tendency is to want to shift into "scarcity mode"... to close up the purse-strings, so to speak, and focus more on us than others.
Proverbs 11:24-25 has a different perspective... an abundance mentality! When we give freely, the writer says, we are blessed. When we hold back, we suffer. It doesn't make sense to our rational brains... and yet, when we think deeply enough about it, our spirit tells us that it is TRUTH.
PRAYER: You have been so generous to me, Lord. shape my heart so it overflows with that same generosity to others... today and everyday. Give me an abundance mentality - not scarcity! AMEN.