Norman Vincent Peale

on Giving



I was reading the Gospel of Luke about the time when Jesus told his disciples to launch out into deep water if they wanted to get any fish. It's a message to anyone to anyone who wants to pack meaning into his life. Get away from yourself. Don't be tied up with yourself. "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch" - and you'll pull up more values than you could imagine.

One of the ways you launch out into the deep is to embrace the profound principle that abiding, joyous life comes only through giving. The people who threw themselves into some great social issue- forgetting themselves, being willing to suffer hurt if necessary for their convictions and ideals - become the happiest people in the world because they are growing bigger. When you give, you get bigger, you grow, your personality expands. You become a far greater individual by giving yourself, your time, your money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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