It is greater to give than to receive
Ac 20:34You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.
Ac 20:35In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
As Jesus taught and Paul reminds us in this Scripture, it is greater to give than to receive. But why? Well, honestly, it would be enough that Jesus said it. I believe it and I do not need more evidence. However, I find it exciting when Science “discovers” physically, what God has always known.
Science has found that many health benefits occur when we give. Feel good neurotransmitters such as serotonin are released. Serotonin is highly correlated to sleep, appetite, and mood. Immune function increases because Killer T Cells are sent out into the body to find viruses and kill them; thus, increasing our immunity to disease. Pain intensity and duration decreases because, in part, because catecholamines such as norepinepherine, epinephrine, and dopamine (feel good neurotransmitters) are released. Attachment hormones, vasopressin and oxytocin are released, which help us form bonds and have a sense of connectedness with others. Now, that’s amazing!
Warrior Moms, I encourage you to get together and go serve someone in need this week. Do it individually (make someone a dinner), or do it as a group (clean someone’s house or plant some flowers for them). Organize a food-drive, a school-supply drive, a community project such as build a habitat house for a family. Whatever you do to love someone else through service and sacrifice will benefit you beyond words – it will bless you physiologically, spiritually, and emotionally. You will experience a “giver’s high.” You’ve heard of a runner’s high. Let’s call it the “Running the race set out for you high – to obtain the prize in Christ Jesus.”
I love it when science “discovers” what God created in His first place.
Warrior Moms Unite!
P.S. Stay Tuned for The Share Conference where The Physiology of Giving teaching will be given along with inspirational testimonies and worship music by Morgan McClannahan
The Warrior Mom Ministry was founded by Kristina Seymour, author of The Warrior Mom Handbook – Equipping Women through the Word, a Bible study for moms who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. Kristina has learned that moms can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about The Warrior Mom Handbook, the Warrior Mom Ministry, and to sign up for daily encouragement, visit, www.warriormoms.net.