How do you do this?
How do you invest in the lives of others?
Before you answer that question, consider this little story …
Before leaving on an extended vacation, a very wealthy man said to a
contractor, “While I am away, I want you to build me a fine new home
according to these plans. Be sure you work with extreme care, and use
the best of everything. Tell me the cost as soon as you have it and I’ll
send you a check.”
During the process of construction, the contractor
discovered many opportunities to substitute inferior materials; he put
in his own pocket the money he saved. His employer would never know the
difference, and he himself would profit.
But he soon regretted his
dishonesty. When the wealthy man returned from his travels, he inspected the finished
home and said to the contractor, “You have built it exactly as I wanted it, and I’m sure
that you used the best of everything in its construction. Now, in
appreciation for your long years of service to me, I am giving you this
new home for your very own. Here’s the deed!”
Do you pour into the lives of others the same way you care for yourself?
“29 Jesus replied, ‘The most important commandment is this: “Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these,” Mark 12:29-31.
Now, how do you invest in the lives of others?