Give to Grow - Grow To Give

Growing and giving go hand in hand.  It can also be a bit painful.  Every time Anneka has a growth spurt my wallet goes, "Ouch!"  She grows, and I give.

But giving is a key to your success.

Adam Grant, a researcher at the Wharton School of Business, explains that if you want to become more successful, become a giver at work.

Grant has identified three basic kinds of workers: takers, matchers, and givers. 
- Takers see the workplace as a competitive, dog-eat-dog place. "If I don't look out for myself first," takers think, "no one will." 
- Matchers believe that work relationships are governed by even exchanges of favors. 
- In contrast, givers are other-focused, paying more attention to what other people need from them. Their hallmark is generosity at work.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7  6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Another translation says that stingy reaps stingy and lavish reaps lavish.  

What Takers and Matchers don't understand is this.  Generosity, done with a selfless spirit, encourages everyone.  It's also contagious.  When you're generous others will be too.  

That's where the growing part comes in.  Generosity pushes you out of your comfort zone.  It forces you to expand and discover new limits to your possibilities.  Givers always grow. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to be a giver today and help me grow too.  AMEN 


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