Why does "Giving" work so well?

"Seeds from Heaven" preliminary art.
"Seeds from Heaven" preliminary art. | Source
The Bible discussess "Giving" many times.
The Bible discussess "Giving" many times. | Source
Giving is not all about money.
Giving is not all about money. | Source
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Giving back to our parents | Source
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Somali child. Thousands starve everyday. | Source

THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING

Those who quote the Bible often point to the admonition, "Cast your bread upon the water, for after many days you will find it again."

"Cast your bread upon the water" is a Hebrew expression which means, "Give generously." The Living Bible more aptly states this particular verse in the following manner: "Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later." Many have attested that this system really works well. They often point to an instance in which they gave away something one day and received a great reward shortly afterward.

Is there a Cause and Effect?

Most often these instances do not have a cause-and-effect relationship. Such a story suggests that a spiritual force was at work.

Organized religions almost always point to this remarkable type of event, most often before passing the collection plate. Since a small token of giving promises great rewards, most members will drop a few coins into the plate, only half believing that the coins will really be returned the following week.

“Have faith that it will happen” (Ecclesiastes 11:9) and “ Whatever a man sows he shall reap (Galatians 7, Living Bible) could very well be slogans offered by the state lottery system in hopes of increasing its revenues. Surely the Bible had some other purpose in mind for making these incredible statements. However, the event happens much too often to be dismissed lightly and cast aside as a total misconception.

The Scientific Approach

Is there a law of giving? Is there a balance of nature that says that a giver will almost always receive something back for his efforts without divine intervention? Other laws of nature seem apparent too, like "You can't have something for nothing, " which most often is an action attempted by takers.

What is the act of giving?

Most of us would say that true giving is done without the certainty of reward. Something tangible or intangible would be passed from you to another individual with no anticipation that the receiver would ever repay you. You would expect to sacrifice some of your resources so that another person could benefit.

This could also take into account that you probably felt that your survival was somewhat assured without the item that you managed to give away. Certainly no one would give away an item that was essential to his own personal survival or allow something that he gave away to threaten his survival.

However, his personal survival could be slightly one less item, bringing you one step closer to not surviving. Possession of material goods is directly related to anyone's survival. Whenever something is given away, we have fewer possessions.

Assuming that a person's income and consumption were exactly equal, if he gave away an item occasionally, his original equity would eventually be lost and he would be penniless. Since no one would place himself in this precarious position, we could calculate that most givers would be earning more than they consumed.

Many times the item given away is actually totally worthless to the giver. How often have we all given an old coat or a pair of pants to the Salvation Army simply because we wanted to give to someone less fortunate than ourselves? We feel better giving something away for a worthwhile cause than simply throwing it into a trash can.

Since a giver must be earning more than he consumes, he is actually transferring some of his purchasing power to someone else. He is in effect saying, "I do not need to consume more. I've consumed my share, now it is time to allow others to consume a portion of my assets.”


Many Wealthy Individuals tend to be Generous


This is why, in my opinion, most wealthy people are very generous with their wealth. They realize that it would be impossible to personally consume all the wealth they have accumulated and decide to share it with their fellow man. It’s a kind of “Thank you,” since it was their fellow man that created the wealth for them in the first place.

Giving is not all about Money

The giving of intangible items like cheerfulness, hope, optimism or love attracts the same feelings. We can all attest to this force of nature from our own personal involvement with it. As a school teacher, I can easily transform grumpy, sleep-eyed students on a rainy morning into cheerful, happy students.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Excellent, interesting, Hub!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Will, thanks for stopping by and the comment. Rj


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Very interesting piece of writing.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Great hub, Mr. RJ. And you are certainly correct. I have come to find that giving is not only a good thing to do, but also sensible in some respects.

I am learning to be more of a giver myself. Sometimes, giving a kind word or a smile is enough to brighten the day of someone who may not be feeling well.

Voted up, up and away!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Tim wanted this one. "Hi Dex! We give Mither Jay a hug every day and he give uth one back. He good man. You vithit uth one day and we hug you too. You good too."


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Indeed an interesting Hub you have here. You have many fine points.

"Since a giver must be earning more than he consumes, he is actually transferring some of his purchasing power to someone else. He is in effect saying, "I do not need to consume more. I've consumed my share, now it is time to allow others to consume a portion of my assets.”

This is what I have done in choosing to become a minimalist. My closet is not even half full and I still have plenty to wear. My furniture is sparse yet our home looks and feels beautiful and peaceful.

Being a giver frees one from the materialistic pursuit of more and ever more.

Again, you have a great Hub here.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hyphenbird--Minimalist? I had not thought of it like that! Nicely said and I am happy this message works for you. There will be four more similar to this before I'm through. Thank you for the insightful comment this morning.


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Jeff May 5 years ago from St. Louis

"Possession of material goods is directly related to anyone's survival." Unless of course you are buried in material goods... in my youth I was like Hyphenbird, a minimalist. Friends often commented that I lived a "Spartan" existence. Now after suffering marriage, kids, suburbia, it's time to return to minimalism. As for a scientific relationship between reaping what you sow... likely this was meant literally as well, as in sowing seeds to grow crops. I spent 15 years working with emotionally troubled teenagers but haven't yet seen much of a crop. How about, "no good deed goes unpunished"? :)


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Diana Lee 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

I must say, Mr. Jay, your students are very blessed.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Jeff--You are special to work with the emotionally troubled. Not an easy task and , like you mention, does not seem to provide much of a crop. I'll drop into one your HUBS and see what you got cook'n there today. In that those with real estate have lost much of their equity it would seem that those who had little at the beginning of the downturn came out far ahead. Little owned and little lost.

Tiny wanted to address Diana. " Hi Diana! I watch the Virginian at mtiher Jay'th home all the time. The Virginian a good guy and make the bad guyth do better.


Sueswan 5 years ago

"Long after people forget what you did for them, they will remember how you made them feel." Walt Disney


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Sue--When I was a child I wanted to work for Walt Disney one day. It never worked out, but I have admired him all my life. He was a dreamer and made dreams come true. I wrote a story about this at my web site. Go to http://biccomix.com/ and click on $2,000,000 link at the top of the left frame if you want to read it.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

You need to read drbj's hub about making people feel important.

Both her's and your articles compliment each other very well, and both are excellent.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Yes giving is important it makes the reciever feel understood and wanted but I believe that you must truly want to give and give with your heart and soul.


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lsin82 5 years ago from Houston

Great Hub....giving is important and an essential part of live. I believe that it is our duty to give, not just money but also love, time, joy, and ourselves to others as you stated. We have the ultimate example of what it means to give because of Jesus Christ who freely gave His life for us. This was a great Hub....Be Blessed


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Christopher--I'd need a link to find it.

Gypsy and Isin82--Thank you for 'giving" these great comments. Gypsy and Christopher--you must get up very early in the morning judging from the time your comments came in! Being writers though I understand. On occasion I'd be up all hours of the night working at a feverish pace working on my novels. I gotta check out your HUBS now.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

It's a different time zone here.


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

This is the link to the hub I was telling you.

It's a good one to read, if you have a few minutes to spare.

http://hubpages.com/relationships/Ten-Tips-for-Mak...


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks Christopher.. I followed the link and found that great article. We would all do well to follow its advice! I'd bet that the both of us have been pretty much following ithe advice there for a long , long time. I always tell myself, " What have I ever learned while I was doing the talking?"


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AUPADHYAY 5 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

wonderful hub. I vote it up.


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JDenn 5 years ago

Inspirational and well written! Giving doesn't need to be something we have in excess or just plain don't want anymore. Reasons can be many. One of my personal favorite reasons for giving, tangible or intangible, is for the simple reason "because it makes me feel good"! I am looking forward to reading more of your material in the coming days.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Feeling good is reason enough to be a giver--I agree!


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vidhimayur 5 years ago

very nicely you have explained the importance of giving and i believe giving is gift bestowed upon you by lord..this is because you can give only when you have enough and i am not talking in terms of materialistic things. so when you give someone your love, care, respect or any of the materialistic things you acknowledge good things life has given you. Giving calls for a Big heart and that you can possess only when you are blessed by none other than supreme lord.When you are a giver, you tend to be winner in your life in long run. :)


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Very nicely said. This is one of five HUBs that will discuss this important subject. Thanks for the heartfelt comment.


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ahmed.b 4 years ago from Sweden

I am aglad that I have just read a nice HUB. I like the discussion of "Cause and effect relationship" in context of Giving and its reward. And I totally agrees with you. Even in Quran Allah mentioned that for those earning in excess of their need have share of those who are not so blessed in terms of wealth. And that this difference in wealth is just to test people for their faith.

You gotta One UP one AWESOME and one INTERESTING.


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

One of the important characters ( a detective with a big heart) in "The Gold of Mansa Musa" has a name very close to yours. The Islam faith plays an important part in several of my novels. Write me anytime.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is very useful. I voted up for sure.


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you. I spent the day looking over your new Hubs too. Very nice.

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