The principle of using what you have been given is discussed in Jesus’ Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30). Before a man leaves to travel to a different country, he gives out talents to his 3 servants. To the first servant he gives 5 talents; to the second he gives 2 talents; and the third 1 talent. While their master is away the servant with 5 talents trades with them and increases them to 10; the one with 2 increases his to 4; but the one with 1 talent buries his talent and nothing comes of it. When their master returns and asks them to account for how they've used their talents, he's really pleased with the two servants who have increased what they have been given. The one with the one talent says the reason why he hasn't done anything with his talent is because he knows his master is a hard man who reaps what he hasn't sowed. He buried his talent because he's afraid of his master. The master orders the talent to be taken from the man with 1 talent and given to the servant with 10 talents. The parable concludes:
For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25: 29-30I believe this parable talks about how things work naturally. When you appreciate all that you have, you multiply what you have. Happiness attracts more happiness; love attracts more love; etc. When you are not appreciative of what you have and complain, then you end up attracting more complaints or experiences that make you complain. In other words, you multiply what you give your attention to.
In my own personal experience, I was inspired to share my experiences through what I love - writing. Even though I didn't have the resources to do so, I followed the dictates of my heart. I ended up having the resources provided for free and wrote about my personal realisations and insights of my every day life. In other words, that was my way of using the gifts I have been given which have been magnified a zillion times and continue to be magnified. I have also received lots of feedback from readers who find what I share inspiring.
I have this friend who has been asking me to send him good vibes. He tells me he feels the vibes as a power/energy that he channels which uplifts him and enables his work to flow smoothly. Now that I know how beneficial sending my friend good vibes is, I'm inspired to give out more good vibes. Giving out good vibes make me feel good and when I'm feeling good I want to give out more good vibes. I can just see these good vibes spiralling onward and upward forever.
What if my friend had asked me for good vibes and instead of utilising the energy he complained about how awful things are going? This can only mean one thing - that he's asking but he's not receiving/taking/utilising what he's been given. I'm hardly going to feel inspired to give more if my friend is not in the space to receive?
But what about unconditional giving? Surely you have to give without expectations?
I already practise unconditional giving. When I share articles on my blog I am giving unconditionally. Readers are free to use the articles as they see fit. On a personal level, however, there's always a bit of give and take. If I give love and the love is not being appreciated, I will have to give to someone else who is open to receive my love.
"For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."
The more you utilise what you have, the more you will receive and it snowballs from there. That's what I believe give and take means.
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