Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Generosity and Roast Beef Sandwiches

Today in The Republican, Barbara Bernard wrote on the value of generosity, a topic close to my heart. She offers several examples of what her father-in-law referred to as "bread being cast on water and coming back roast beef sandwiches."

We all can use more kindness and generosity. Showing it to others is a reward in itself. Doing something kind for someone makes you immediately feel better. However, there are often more tangible rewards as well, often when one least expects it. I know that this has proven true in my own life and Bernard offers several examples of this from her own.

She writes:

Ever pay someone a compliment, smile, hold a door, visit someone in a nursing home, help care for the baby of an exhausted mother, change a flat tire or try to make a difference for someone you knew could use it?

Did you totally forget what you had done only to have something very wonderful happen to you as a result of your kindness, maybe years later?

Chances are you never expected more than maybe a “thank you,” but that thank you come along with words of how you made a major difference in someone’s life.

That’s what my father-in-law meant by “bread cast on water always comes back roast-beef sandwiches.” We always get more than we give. 

You can read the full article here:

Do something kind for someone today. You'll be glad that you did.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How great...and the roast beef addition is right-on! Understandable. We read in 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods."

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