Guest post by Joshua Infantado founder of Becoming Christians
Have you seen people who are just so happy? When you see these people, it seems that they are just glowing with energy, life, and hope.
Now, you might wonder what makes these people happy.
Do you know that there’s one common thing that all happy people do? This one thing is something that is indispensable in their lives. In fact, I would venture to say that without doing this one thing, happiness would never last. You might be happy for some time, but it will wane after a few days or weeks because this one thing is neglected.
Do you want to know what this one thing is? Let me tell you. The one common thing ALL happy people do is to give.
Yes, you read that right. How can such as simple four-letter word help you achieve not just happiness, but also joy in your heart?
Let me explain.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life (Galatians 6:7-8).
This is one of the most important universal and spiritual laws that you should always remember: YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
Now, why am I telling you this? It is because when you give, you are sowing happiness. You are sowing goodness. You are sowing blessings.
Giving is such a remarkable act of kindness that has a unique way of making the giver happier than the receiver.
That’s why it is not difficult to see why Christ said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
If you really want to be happy, make other people happy. You can give not just money, but also your talent, knowledge, time, and energy. When you make other people happy, happiness will eventually find its way back to you!
There’s no doubt: the happiest people on earth are the most generous people. The best thing about being generous is that you will never run out of blessings to share.
Notice what the wisest human king of Israel mentioned:
There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.
THE GENEROUS SOUL WILL BE MADE RICH,
And he who waters will also be watered himself (Proverbs 11:24-25).
Well, human nature will tell us otherwise. It will never agree that giving leads to happiness. When we look at our society today, they are geared towards the way of getting rather than the way of giving.
They thought that having more will make them happy. Thus, they spend their whole life chasing the wrong stuff and filling their hearts with material things. However, by the end of the day, they still feel empty.
No wonder we see a miserable and sad world!
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that the more you have, the happier you’ll become. God shows us how to be happy, joyful, and blessed. We can only achieve that by giving ourselves to others and serving them.
So if you want to be happy, give. It is one of the best investments you’ll make in your life!
Joshua Infantado is the founder of Becoming Christians, a website dedicated to helping people live a life pleasing to God. He currently lives in Davao City with His wife, Victoria and son, Caleb. Visit his website and get a chance to download his free eBook, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Christians.”