The Law of Giving and Receiving
By Ernest Holmes
Everything in Nature moves in circles. What goes out must comeback. Unless the seed is sown it cannot bear fruit. There must be a planting time for every harvest. Who gives all receives all. Who refuses to give limits the possibility of the greater good returning to him.
Love and you will be loved. Extend joy and you will become more joyful. The ancient Talmud says, “God will doubly guide the already guided” and Jesus, the greatest of the great, said, “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over, shall mean give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
We do not give because God needs the gift but because the giving increases, broadens and deepens the life of the giver. Nor shall we give from the standpoint of duty. The Universe refuses to bargain with us. It already has given us everything it has. But it also has provided that the gift of life can be received in its fullness only as it flows through us to fullness of other others.
How wonderful is this exact balance which God and nature keep; how perfect is the law of good and how glorious the opportunity to join with the job of life!