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imageLove is the one treasure that multiplies by dividing it. It is the one gift that grows bigger the more you take from it. It is the one business in which it pays to be an absolute spendthrift. Be a spendthrift in love. Give it away! Throw it away! Splash it over! Empty your pockets, shake the basket, turn the glass upside down—and tomorrow you will have more than ever! If you will step out by faith and talk to someone today and try to make them happy, you'll find that if you give love, you'll get love. There are wonders of love that you yourself can enjoy with some other lonely soul if you try. The more you give, the more you get. If you give and give and give, you'll get and get and get.

The Red Scarf

By Sue Monk Kidd

It happened years ago on one of those cold December days that made people wish they had shopped in July. Snowflaked winds whipped through the streets. Hunched on a sidewalk bench sat an unshaven man. He wore a threadbare jacket and shoes with no socks. He had folded a paper bag around his neck to keep out the biting wind.

One shopper paused, saddened by the man. "Such a pity," she thought. But there was really nothing she could do. While the shopper lingered, a little girl, eleven or twelve, walked by and spotted the frostbitten figure on the bench. Wrapped around the girl's neck was a bright red woolen scarf.

imageShe stopped beside the old man, unwrapped her red scarf and draped it tenderly about his neck. The child skipped away. The man rubbed the warm wool. And the shopper crept away, wishing she had been the one to give the scarf.

I was that shopper and that little girl taught me something that day. Wherever I am, whatever I possess, there is always something I can give—a touch, a smile, a prayer, a kind word, even a red scarf.

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What the Bible Says...

Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this… God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. (Deuteronomy 15.10, NIV)