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Don Anderson, Minister

Alvin Church of Christ



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Givers and Takers
July 7, 2013


    from Don Anderson                          


Givers and Takers

“The righteous eat to their hearts content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.”

Proverbs 13:25

There are all kinds of different people in this world.

But you can place everybody in one of two categories:  They are either givers or takers.


Some people think only of themselves.

They want something out of every relationship, some intrinsic benefit.

If there isn’t something in it for them, they aren’t interested.

These people are generally very self-centered.


By contrast, other people are givers.

They are always looking to put others first.

Stepping aside with their own personal desires in order to benefit others.


I was at the grocery store the other night and the checkout lanes were very busy.

There was a customer standing in line but spying all around looking for the shorter line.

When the store opened another checkout lane to relieve the backup this individual bolted for the empty lane.

Even though the customer service person invited a lady into the new line as she opened the lane, this customer cut her off and jumped in front.


There have always been those who cut in line, because they don’t want to wait.

That comes from sub-conscientiously thinking that they are better or more important than others.

It’s a “me first” attitude.


Solomon reminds us that those who are righteous; those who place others first; those who look not to their own interest but think first of the interest of others, will always find contentment in their daily journey.

But those who look out for themselves first will find emptiness and dissatisfaction in life and relationships.


The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Philippi, gives us this morsel of advice:

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, think of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” – Philippians 2:3-5


Jesus was always thinking of others...in fact his entire life that we know of was all about him putting others before his personal desires, wants and wishes.

We are called to be like Christ...to become Christ like in all we are.


Jesus was a giver...therefore we are called to be givers as well.

It’s really a “you first” attitude.

A deep seeded desire from within us that consistently wants to place others before ourselves.


If we had more givers in this world than takers, it sure would make a difference.

I can only start with me...and you can only start with you.

Here’s to becoming givers in life!


Have a blessed week…and remember, Christ was a giver!



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