Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. (Luke 6:38 NRSV)

There is a story of a young woman who made a commitment of her life to Christ but still found life depressing and boring. She went to a psychotherapist for help, but after several sessions with him, felt that the effort was futile. Then one day she came into her therapist's office with her face radiant with excitement. "I've had the most wonderful day," she said. "This morning I could not get my car started, so I called my pastor and asked him if he could drive me to my appointment with you.

He said he would, but on the way he had to stop by the hospital and make a few calls. I went with him and while I was in the hospital I visited some elderly people. I read from the Bible and prayed with them. By the time the morning was over, I was higher than a kite. I haven't felt this good in years."

The psychotherapist quickly responded, "Now we know how to make you happy! Our problem is solved! Now we know how to keep you out of the doldrums!" Much to his surprise, the young woman answered, "You don't expect me to do this sort of thing every day, do you?"

She knew the solution to her problems. She knew how much satisfaction she received from ministering to others, but still she resisted. Is her story ours?

God of peace, help me to give so that I may receive peace. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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