Morning Cup of Joe – The Power of Giving

givingIf it’s one thing I’ve learned thus far it’s that everything in life is connected in some way shape or form. And by connected I mean that there is a link between you, myself and the rest of the world. A link, in my humble opinion, that means we are responsible for one another.

If you are anything like me, you may find it difficult to walk past another human being who happens to be asking or perhaps even begging for money. If I have it in my pocket, I feel compelled to give. Sort of like it’s a requirement to share what God has blessed me with. And this may sound weird, but if I have it and decide not to give for whatever reason, I often feel guilty especially since I feel like it’s an obligation. My belief that we are all connected causes me to help because I could very well be on the difficult end of making the ask. If I don’t help, I feel as if I am interrupting the ebb and flow of the law of reciprocity.

The concept for the law of reciprocity is quite simple: what goes around comes right back around. The law of reciprocity allows us to receive as a result of what we give or do. If you are wondering why you may be experiencing lack, it is most likely because you are not giving. If you are giving yet notice that you are not receiving, then it may be because you are not giving from the heart. Mother Teresa once said, “It’s not about how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” One should not give for the sake of getting back.

To whom much is given, so much more is required. It’s not just a biblical principle; it’s a way of life.

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Morning Cup of Joe – How God Blesses Us

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You ever wonder why it seems like some people never worry about anything. All of their needs and even some of their wants always seem to be met. Please understand that it’s not by coincidence. It’s simply based on the fact that they are givers. When we serve as a blessing to others, our blessings come seamlessly. The people who have and will continue to experience increase in their lives are the ones who are not afraid to give without regret. When we bless God’s children unselfishly, God blesses us unselfishly.

We have all heard the old adage “To whom much is given, much more is required”. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who subscribe to this concept. Most people subscribe to the idea that the more they have, the more they want and the more they should hold on to. They never consider the fact that they have been blessed with what they have in order to provide for others. The more we provide for others unselfishly, the more we will be blessed with to provide.

Walk in the understanding that your gifts are meant to be shared. The more you try to hold on to them, the less you will have. And besides, you can’t take them with you when you expire out of your earth suit anyway so why not share your gifts with the world while you can. Here’s a little secret; the more you give, the more you will have and the more you have, the more you should give. If you haven’t been experiencing increase in your harvest, try giving some of it away to someone in need. And almost like magic, your storehouse will begin to overflow.

God truly blesses those who unselfishly bless others.

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Morning Cup of Joe – Blessings Flow

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Many people sit and wonder why they don’t have much, questioning God about his distribution of blessings. They watch as others seem to enjoy life and all of the wonderful things that come with having a strong faith and belief system. Most of the time, they will never receive their blessings because they are too occupied watching others receive what is rightfully theirs rather than working on creating their own. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Commit to memory the fact that God blesses those who bless others. I’ll share a secret with you. Several years ago, I learned that the law of reciprocity is real. Real as in authentic and actually works! I always test a theory to see if it works and I expect you to do the same. The Law of Reciprocity subscribes to the thought that whatever it is you give out is what you should expect to get back. It makes complete sense to me.

If you are a selfish person, the world will respond to you in the same manner. Conversely, if you are a giving person it is important that you recognize that this is the real reason why you haven’t wanted for anything. That is the reason why it seems like all of your needs are met and even some of your wants. It is all because you have chosen to give.

Learn to be a constant blessing in the lives of others and watch as your own life overflows with blessings. I am living proof.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – My Brother’s Keeper

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We have all been uniquely blessed with specific gifts and talents. There are some who have yet to recognize their gifts as truly gifts. Your gift is the “thing” that you are able to do almost better than everyone else. Once you’ve recognized your gift, it is imperative that you begin focusing on how to share this gift to the world. Sharing our gifts with the world, if executed correctly, is exactly what will yield us financial freedom. In essence, when you do what you love and love what you do, the money will come in abundance.

Many of us are past the stage of recognizing our gifts. For the most part, most people know exactly what their specialized talents are yet a majority of those people will not do anything about it. For those of us who do, we must not only find satisfaction in earning but equal, if not greater, satisfaction in giving. We are blessed in order to be a blessing to someone else. What good is a man’s treasure if he cannot share it with the world? I’ll tell you, it’s worthless.

To whom much is given, so much more is required. You have used your gifts to receive your blessings but the transaction is only half-way complete; the final piece are the blessings you give to others. Most people don’t realize that their blessings come from blessings others; which explains why less and less people give. Understand that we are all connected. And since we are all connected, it is imperative that we understand that we all have a humanitarian obligation to support one another. You are absolutely your brother’s keeper.

If God has blessed you with increase or abundance, the expectation is that you will return the favor by being a blessing to someone else.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Reciprocity

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There are so many people who need help in the world. Most people think that it is impossible to help them all. Yet if we try to help one person that may very well open the flood gates that will allow countless others to receive help. Our action can lead to subsequent actions if we pay it forward. Most of us are fortunate enough to have food to eat and a roof over our heads; that is not a fact for a greater part of the world. That may sound extreme but you truly don’t realize what you have until you see others living without it.

Never think that what you are able to give won’t make a dent in the problem; not giving at all is so much worse. Some people restrict from giving because they think that the “little” they can give won’t make a difference at all. I am here to tell you that every little bit counts. There is something special that occurs when we give. When we give, we receive. What we receive may not be the gift given but the satisfaction in knowing that your gift will change a life. Be the gift.

The Law of Reciprocity is such that what we give, we absolutely should expect to get back. Not giving anything will yield similar results; you get nothing. Do not give because you now know that you can expect to reap what you sow; give because your heart tells you to give. I give because I love. I give because I understand that we are all connected. I give because I know that my gifts will change a life. I give because I never know if I’ll ever be on the receiving end. I give because I feel it is my duty to give simply because to whom much is given, much is expected.

I challenge you to give. Giving doesn’t just have to be restricted to money; you can give your time. Believe it or not, your time is worth way more than money. Volunteer your time to improve the lives of others.

If you are not giving back, essentially you are taking from.

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Joe Paul

Morning Cup of Joe – Be The Gift

There are so many people who need help in the world. Most people think that it is impossible to help them all. Yet if we try to help one person that may very well open the flood gates that will allow countless others to receive help. Our action can lead to subsequent actions if we pay it forward. Most of us are fortunate enough to have food to eat and a roof over our heads. Unfortunately, that is not a fact for a greater part of the world. That may sound extreme but you truly don’t realize what you have until you see others living without it or until it’s gone.

Never think that what you are able to give won’t make a dent in the problem; not giving at all is so much worse. Some people restrict from giving because they think that the “little” they are able to give won’t make a difference at all. I am here to tell you that every little bit counts. There is something special that occurs when we give. When we give, not only do we open ourselves up to we receive but we begin a cycle of blessings that begin to trickle down. What we receive may not be the gift given but the satisfaction in knowing that your gift will change a life should be blessing enough. Be the gift that changes a life.

The Law of Reciprocity is such that what we give, we absolutely should expect to get back in-kind. Not giving anything will yield similar results; you get nothing. Do not give because you now know that you can expect to reap what you sow; give because your heart tells you to give. I give because I love. I give because I understand that we are all connected. I give because I know that my gifts will change a life. I give because I never know if I’ll ever be on the receiving end. I give because I feel it is my duty to give simply because to whom much is given, so much more is expected.

There was a time when I needed help and help came to me. That is one of the reasons why I give without thinking twice. I challenge you to give your time, your treasure or both if you can. Giving doesn’t just have to be restricted to money; you can give your time to improve the lives of others. Believe it or not, your time is worth more than money. Volunteer your time to improve the lives of others.

If you are not giving back, essentially you are taking from.

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Joe Paul

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Morning Cup of Joe – The Special Gift

There are so many of us that have gifts we were born with and sadly enough, these are the same gifts we will expire with never having used them at all. Most of these gifts and talents will be left unused and our maximum potential untapped because of our inability to either recognize them as gifts are our inability to act on our recognition. I once heard that the place with the most incredible minds where dreams never came to life is a cemetery. Don’t die with your dream still inside of you and your gifts still untapped.

One may ask, “How do I know what my gift is?” Well, it’s pretty simple. Your gift is a special talent that is seemingly effortless for you. You may have heard someone say, “Wow, she has a gift.” That thing the person does effortlessly yet would be a bit challenging for others is what they are referring to. Understand that your gifts are rendered useless if you don’t use them, especially if you don’t use them to enrich the lives of others.

The good news is that each and every one of us were born with a special talent, gift or blessing. Even better news is that those gifts and talents, when used, grow and develop into new talents. As you venture into your later years, you will begin to notice new gifts and talents that you had no idea existed when you were younger. Some people recognize their gifts or special talent early and others recognize them a little later. The key once you are fortunate to recognize them is to use them for the good of the world. You might as well use what you’ve got while you’re hear because you can’t take them with you when you’re gone.

When we use our gifts to bless others, we are blessed with more gifts. It is not the gifts and talents that we are blessed with but how we use them that matters.

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Joe Paul

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