I’ve been thinking about what to write next…usually I have no idea but when the Spirit strikes and the spark is lit, I just go with it. Like right now. Today I’ve had on my mind, EXCHANGE. What is proper exchange? IS there such a thing, if so, why? When do you know that you’ve done all you could to give back to others that have given to you or is this exchange limitless?
These are really tough questions in today’s society. With all the charities, non-profits, give-away programs, volunteerism, etc how does one really know why, when, and how much to exchange? So, I’ll be writing a little bit about exchange and your input would be greatly appreciated. Don’t be bashful…this is just communication! lol
In my viewpoint, when one gives of themselves either of their talent/skill, money, or time to help you accomplish something or to be a better person, don’t you think that the ‘right’ thing to do would be to re-pay that person? Somehow, someway, some time?
There’s that Pay It Forward gesture that I can bring up as an example. If everyone really paid it forward, then this would be a different world entirely. But somewhere along the line, the gesture stops and for different reasons. Busy with life, forgetfulness, kids, chores, work, lack of morals, etc might be some of the answers. I’ve noticed with myself lately that I try to look for things to do for other people NOT expecting for the gesture to be returned. Usually I find I am pleasantly surprised as when I need that whatever us returned to me; it is right there to be had. It’s just MAGIC how that works! BUT…AND…
The bible states that ‘God loves a cheerful giver’ in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. It is also a natural and spiritual law that when you outflow more than you inflow, you reap abundantly and besides that, it’s holier to outflow, too. If you are a tither and give a certain percent of your salary or money that you make to your church or favorite group, then do you do so cheerfully and with enthusiasm? Paul states in Corinthians, “Not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Give because you love to give and seeing the results of your giving brings great joy!
Make sure that what or who you give your talent, time or skill to is worthy and will be responsible with what you give. That just builds RESPECT. To give to others, say like those on welfare, without expecting any form of exchange, then some kind of criminal is being formed here. It eats at their spirit…their conscience. And when it happens so much, that conscience is hardened. Those folks believe they are ENTITLED to a hand-out now even if there is no form of exchange given. Welfare is suppose to be temporary and for those really needing an extra push when they can’t do it for themselves. But there should be some exchange involved in some kind of contract, if only in verbal form. What about all those free e-books or downloads you get? Do you ever think about giving an honest review to help that author or illustrator out? I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated! And it doesn’t take much time to do either.
Exchange builds trust, earns respect and is a gesture of love. It is a gift that can be unexpected (like Pay it Forward) or can be something expected, too. It really depends upon the circumstances. To give freely without expectation of return is to live with a “no strings attached’ attitude and can set yourself up for trouble depending upon the person or group you are helping. See RESPONSIBILITY above. But it’s nice knowing that with giving comes receiving…sometime, somewhere.
Why put off doing for others, being in right exchange, when you can do so right now? Is there someone that’s helped you get out of a tight spot at some point in your life? Is there a group that’s helped you overcome a weakness or helped a family member or friends? Is there someone you could thank and help by giving something of yourself? So before time runs out…why not get in some proper exchange?
Definition of “Exchange.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, May 2018, 7PM, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exchange.