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GIVE or RECEIVE?

Acts 20:35 “I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to GIVE than to RECEIVE.” (KJV)

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I thought that my security,
Was in the things that I owned;
I spent a whole lifetime,
But, it was me…that they possessed.

Amassing many treasures,
Collecting things of worth;
One by one…I piled them up,
Practically from my date of birth.

Oh, there were times I gave away,
Some of my many extras;
I felt rather smug…indeed,
Whenever I gave to others.

But, I was quick to add once more,
To my collection of treasures;
I never seemed to have enough,
Of comforts…for this ‘worldly’ creature.

Work hard…and long,
Pinch every single penny;
There wasn’t time for fun,
And friends…I hadn’t many.

No, I was too busy acquiring,
Things to make me happy;
Surely, when I had enough,
Then, I’d consider myself…lucky.

The things that I longed for,
And, the things that I acquired;
They never filled the void,
I never had all that I desired.

Comes the time…in each one’s life,
When we finally realize;
We are on a treadmill…going nowhere,
Security…wore a strange disguise.

The price was high,
Far too high…for me to pay;
‘Things’ don’t make for happiness,
And, I turned…without further delay.

The ‘things’ I had acquired,
They only held me down;
I was a slave to them,
For ‘things’…I’d played the clown.

That day…my eyes were opened,
I saw what has true worth;
To be content with little,
While we are here on earth.

And, should we be blessed with much,
Just see the joy that it brings;
To pass it on…give to others,
See the happiness it brings.

The ‘receiver’ is blessed,
And, the ‘giver’ blessed…perhaps even more;
To see one so very happy,
Makes the ‘giver`s’ heart to soar!

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October 17, 2003

Aimee Love
(LHG)


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