Giving to Others Gives More to You

I completed a challenge group earlier in the year with an amazing group of ladies. They were engaged, commented often, and even shared their own experiences.

Our topics included everything from health and finances to time management and relationships. It was encouraging and enlightening.

The testimonials coming out of it were amazing – one person’s marriage was much stronger, another had the most productive month ever, etc. It really was great.

30+ e-mails, 8 Facebook group posts a day, and even 30 fitness videos shared (wow!)… now, being several months after, I believe that the challenge benefited me even more than the participants.

I spent months ahead of time preparing the information and what I would share, as well as the daily time invested in pouring out of my head, heart, and soul everything that I had learned about many, many topics over the past few years into people I care about and were wanting a change and growth in their lives.

I was up late. I wrote e-mails early. I found inspirational quotes from others that tied to our topics for each day.

I was exhausted by the end of it.

A good exhaustion.

I had poured, given, and poured again into 9 other people. All of my life for the last few years, wrapped into a challenge group in just 30 days.

The result? I’ve been filled to overflowing with newness, visions, and purpose for my life.

I realized I had to dump all of that stuff out to be able to get more back. I chose to pour my “river” (so to speak) out which left room for a lot more to flood in – new life.

My intention was to give what I could to others to help them build up their lives, gain a change in perspective, and grow where they needed to – encouraging the whole way.

Instead, I got blessed on the other side with an even bigger blessing than seeing others “get it” and find their “ah ha” moments. I have been given the gift of more life – life abundant.

We are made to keep the river flowing, not stop it up. When creativity, revelation, knowledge, etc., flows in, we must keep them flowing out for the opening to gaining more.

When you give with the right intentions – out of a love to share with others what works, what’s helpful, and what can change their lives in the most positive way, you automatically reap back more than you gave away. It’s a law. You reap what you sow.

I sowed my life, literally, into others for an entire month and got back more than I ever expected.

When was the last time you intentionally gave of yourself, your time, your knowledge, your skills to help others, even without expecting anything in return? I didn’t expect anything from them and didn’t get anything. The challenge was actually free. God was the one who blessed me later for giving so much of myself and allowing myself to be emptied, just to be refilled again. Are you in need of a refilling? Share with me ways you have poured yourself into others or plan to. I’d love to hear and encourage you in it! Share in the comments below.

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JessBio200 Giving to Others Gives More to YouJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Giving to Others Gives More to You

10 thoughts on “Giving to Others Gives More to You

  1. Nature abhors a vacuum, Jessica. So does life. By giving with a pure heart and clear intention, that space had to be filled. People place all sorts of names, including of laws, on the process. It needs no names, it’s just looking for opportunities to happen! As for its outcome, just look to the difference between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, one flowing without obstacles and thriving … and the other closed-ended and stagnant.

  2. Wow! How wonderful that you gave so much expecting nothing in return. That is what God asks of us as His servants. The feelings you described are some of the same feeling I experienced during the 2 different times I have been the teacher of an adult women’s Sunday School Class. Also when I was music director of a small church.. it was all volunteer, no money involved but what a blessing that was. Out of river’s flow great things.

    1. Wow, Pat – what a cool thing to experience through a Women’s group at church and being a Music Director!! Glad you were blessed as you gave and served in areas you knew you were supposed to. Be blessed!

  3. It’s rewarding to look back at the testimonies, at the new friendships made, and the love poured in and through each person. The challenge sounds like something along your passion… fertilizing and nurturing, just like the plant image at the top of your page.

    I pray God fills you to overflowing once again, Jessica, so that you can bloom and reproduce even more abundantly… blessings on your family at home and online! :)

  4. I like when you say “We are made to keep the river flowing, not stop it up”. Takes me back to Genesis when Isaac dug up the wells which the Philistines had blocked. Reminds me of the present World Systems which are desperately blocking the River and Wells of God. No way, the Price paid is far too high that we should cease in digging. I’m sending plenty of Blessings and rivers of water towards you Jessica. Thank you for reminding me, that whatever we do is unto Him.

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