Whether positive or negative, our actions have consequences. Yesterday’s bad choices cause us to spend today repairing the messes we’ve made, whereas the wise choices of the past position us to take advantage of today’s opportunities. (Note the choice equation: Bad choices = equal smaller world and less freedom. Wise choices = equals larger world and more freedom)
Success is based on the seeds you sow, not the harvest you reap. If you sow wisely and diligently, the harvest is automatic. Sow daily in the lives of others, by encouraging and serving and helping, and your investment will compound over time.
This is what most of us think:
Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous.
In fact, it actually works like this:
Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. Galatians 5:13 (The Message)
sources: John Maxwell “Are you busy building sandcastles”, Seth Godin “The Generosity Boomerang”, photo source; http://www.generosityfactor.com/