December 25, 2016
It is better to give than to receive.
This is the last featured post of the year. I hope those reading enjoy these posts and look forward to more next year.
For months, I wavered on which famous saying to use on Christmas Day, since there are so many to choose from, but the feedback I got received last week helped me to decide on this one. (Thanks to Sparkyjen and Lesleykluchin for giving such great feedback.)
Now, let’s get into the research!
Where Did the Famous Saying Originate?
The quote as we know it was adapted from a Bible verse. In Acts 20, Apostle Paul talks to a group of disciples and tells them the following:
34 “Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. 35 “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 36 And when he said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
Verse 35 is the important verse, but I added verses 34 and 36 for more context. Paul reiterates how important it is to give to the poor and to help those who need it more. That was one of Jesus’ most important messages.
Here’s more context: Paul was traveling with the disciples around the Mediterranean and across Asia but it was understood this was the last time the disciples would see Paul.
I also looked at The Phrase Finder to see if Gary Martin had more to add, but he simply used a version of the verse from the King James Version of the Bible:
I have shewed you all things, how that so lavouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Is It Truly Better to Give to Than to Receive?
It definitely is, although it is still nice to receive every now and then. 😉
As was mentioned in the comments section for my post entitled “Only Give What You Want Most,” the person who is giving needs to think about the recipient. First of all, one’s heart needs to be in the right place. And importantly, there needs to be a clear purpose for the giving.
When people learn how to give to others, they are thinking about that other person’s wishes and needs. Additionally, the act of giving can foster or strengthen relationships. That alone is rewarding for both the giver and the recipient.
For example, when you give to charity, it helps to do some research.
- Find a cause that interests you.
- Find the best charities to donate your money. Ask the following question: How much of my money will go to the actual cause?
- Determine if it is better to give money, physical items, or your time to the cause. In the case of food shelters, it’s better to give money instead of food (canned food because those who run those shelters can get deals from local farmers for fresh produce.
When you are giving to someone you know figure out what they would like. Sometimes, the person might tell you directly what they would like to receive.
At times, it helps to pay it forward. This is a suggestion made on Wonderopolis and it’s a great lesson to teach young kids.
In any case, it’s great to see someone’s face light up when you give them the right gift. It’s even better to know you’ve helped someone tremendously.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just don’t celebrate holidays, I hope you are enjoying your day. Here’s to you and yours.
“Is It Really Better to Give Than To Receive?” Wonderopolis. National Center for Families Learning. Web. Retrieved 25 Dec 2016. <http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/is-it-really-better-to-give-than-to-receive>.
Martin, Gary. “It’s better to give than to receive.” The Phrase Finder. Web. Retrieved 25 Dec 2016. Web. <http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/207300.html>.