When thinking of the word invest, it’s natural to think of money. Investing time and energy in others and your aspirations are promising investments that require intentional effort.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
─ Proverbs 11:25 ESV
The Lord promises that you will also be blessed when you invest and bless others. Blessing others requires time, effort and intentionality. Spontaneous blessings, especially led by the Holy Spirit, can be the best blessings for others and yourself. Other times, the Spirit leads in opportunities that require organized effort, purpose and patience.
Providing a joyful smile to a friend, inquiring about someone’s day or sending a kind text message are beautiful seeds of blessings. Surprisingly, the Holy Spirit may tug at your heart about investing in a person or group of individuals outside your familiarity or comfort zone. After all, believers are instructed to take care of orphans and widows (James 1:27), which may not be uncomfortable but unfamiliar.
Giving to and investing in others is a blessing and will often help others feel valued and encouraged.
The beauty when giving to others or giving to entities that plant seeds of blessings is watching how your investment grows and pays dividends. Investors receive dividends, but investments, when used wisely, compound and encourage personal growth and development in others. God has given you time, money and resources to use. Position yourself to give generously without hesitation and watch how your investment grows.
Use the blessings God has given to you to invest richly in others.
Today’s One Thing
Decide to give of your resources today by sending a message to a family member, friend or co-worker, and commit to giving a monetary donation to an entity helping others.