by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
We’ve all heard it a million times. It’s better to give than receive. We’ve probably all been taught that from a parent, teacher or mentor. The writer of Acts quotes Jesus as saying it. (Acts 20:35) It’s better to be on the giving end than on the receiving end.
It turns out that not only is it better to give, it can actually save your life. A five-year study looked at people who said they regularly offered help to those in need, and compared them to those who said they did not frequently help others. The study found the people who assisted others had lower death rates following their own stressful events such as job loss, financial difficulty or loss of a loved one. Among the ways the study participants helped friends, relatives and neighbors in need: childcare, providing rides, and doing errands or shopping.
There are a lot of different ways you can give this Christmas season. Your donations may be counted in dollars or minutes, time or talents. Here’s hoping the ultimate gift of our loving, compassionate Savior will prove to be the one you both receive and give this season and beyond.