Monday, October 5, 2015

It's more fun to give than to receive

More fun?
That's not what the preacher said!  He said 'more blessed', the two-syllable version, bless-ed.  Okay, 'blessed' is one of those religionized words that blurs into nothing from overuse.  'Satisfying' is maybe a better choice, or 'happier'.

The word 'give' is equally blurry in modern use. The way it was originally said, it wasn't about giving gifts.  Here's the context.

Before leaving folks he loved for the last time, Paul encouraged them saying, “I’ve never had any taste for wealth or fashion, as you know. With these hands I took care of my own basic needs and those who worked with me. In everything I’ve done, I have demonstrated to you how necessary it is to work on behalf of the weak and not exploit them. You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.’
Then Paul went down on his knees, all of them kneeling with him, and prayed. And then a river of tears. Much clinging to Paul, not wanting to let him go. 

In the moment described, we see loving friends bidding goodbye to their brother, and he encourages them as he goes.  Love and help each other through life, you'll be happier that way, all of you.