The secret of success and greatness have always been the unending quest and pursuit of man from all ages. However, it is that which isn’t shrouded in mystery, after all. It has always been with us and within our grasps; but so often, we fail to realize the obvious and embark on endless pursuits. What is the secret of greatness and living, then. This, we will explore today.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” — Jesus of Nazareth.(Luke 6:38, NLT)
“Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” — Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 6:38, The Message Bible)
Make giving your obsession. You have never really began to live until you have began to give! Giving is the greatest form of living. The greatest men who walked this planet gave the greatest gifts to the world.
The wealthiest king in time, King Solomon, was known for sharing his great wealth of wisdom, proverbs and songs with the world. Jesus of Nazareth gave the greatest gift of His own life to the world. Mother Theresa’s name was inscribed on the pages of history because of her giving. She gave love as well as material things to the poor people of Calcutta. Mahatma Gandhi gave the gifts of leadership, freedom and values that cannot be quantified, to the people of India. Nelson Mandela gave the gifts of forgiveness, inspirational leadership and greatness to the world. The pages of history are filled with names of great people who have left their names on the sands of time because they gave something.
Becoming a giver to matter in the lives of people and nations is a great rule that has been practiced by great leaders, top influencers and the world’s greatest brands. Bill Gates through Microsoft® gave the world the gift of the wonderful Windows™ Operating System. Steve Jobs gave the world the gift of innovation through innovating Apple™ products; and the list is endless. Some of the world’s top billionaires like Warren Buffet have signed The Giving Pledge to share their wealth with charity, in fact. This simply amplifies their giving nature.
We all might have practised giving consciously or unconsciously before now; but this is a call to raise your giving to an entirely new level. If you must achieve greatness, it is really important that you begin to give consciously, deliberately and generously.
We all have different things to give but we must give what we are already endowed with at a level of excellence.
All of us can give a gift of a smile, of kindness, of good efforts; or of our time or our talents; and, sometimes, our material gifts.
The one person who has nothing in the world still has something to give—and that is the gift of gratitude, and this opens the door to other good things!
When you give more value you get more value in return. This is the secret of living a great life.