THE ZINNIA MAN

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You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, “You’re far happier giving than getting.” [Acts 20:35b (MSG)]

“Wait a minute,” I called to the rest of the group as I paused at a house to take photos of some butterflies. The entire front yard was a palette of brightly colored blooms and I could see why the insects found it a delightful place to stop. Later that afternoon, we again passed by the same house. A man was in the yard tending his precious garden. I paused to thank him for the brilliantly colored flowers everyone enjoys as they walk through town. He replied that the rainbow of blossoms were zinnias and assured me these brilliantly colored flowers are among the easiest of plants to grow. “Let me give you one,” he said as he bent over to snip off a bright yellow bloom. I tried to stop him, telling him it would be wilted long before I reached home. Handing the stem to me, he told me just to enjoy it while it lasted.  “For every one of these I give away, I get another two flowers!” he joyfully added. He then cut a bright pink blossom and handed it to another passerby.

When this man gives away a flower, he not only gets a smile and a “thank you,” but he also gets two more blossoms! What a perfect illustration of the words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive!”

The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having or getting anything, but only in giving. [Henry Drummond]

Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. [Luke 6:38 (MSG)]

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