By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries
that have become a part of my life are, “The best things in life are not
things,” and “Don’t love things but love people.” I have learned that the
greatest gift you can give to others is yourself and not things. You may not
have wealth, but you do have much you can generously give to others. What you
give of yourself will remain long after the gold is gone.
I recently read
“Be Generous” by W. Clement Stone he wrote, “Even without worldly wealth it is
possible for you to... Be generous! Give to those whom you love; give to those
who love you; give to the fortunate; give to the unfortunate; and give
especially to those to whom you don’t want to give. You can give them what you
alone possess and it cannot be taken away.
Give a smile
and you will receive a smile. Give a kind word and you will be appreciated.
Give appreciation and be appreciated. Give honor and praise where it is due and
you will receive honor and praise. Give time to others and you will be
rewarded. Give hope and you will have hope. Give happiness and you will be made
encouragement and you will be encouraged. Give cheer and you will be cheerful.
Give a pleasant response and you will receive pleasant responses. Give good
thoughts and others will be thoughtful of you. Give prayers and you will
receive blessings, more than you deserve.”
can be worth more than your presents. William Booth, founder of the Salvation
Army, was unable to attend a rally so he sent a telegram with just one word. It
read “Others!” Be generous! Give of yourself!”
So, the best
things in life are not things! Things cannot return your love. So don’t love
things, love people! There is no substitute for family and friends. This week
seek to give of yourself to others.
These are Words of Wisdom.
Ted Camp is director of Silent Word
Ministries, a worldwide ministry to the deaf based in Trenton. E-mail him at
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