One way to improve the quality of your work-life is to position yourself as a giver. Begin to focus on what you are giving to those who rely on you, e.g., competence to your co-workers, value to your employer, and premier solutions to your customers.
The principle of working to give applies to all workers in all cultures and has nothing to do with job title or earnings.
Would you rather be known as a giver or a taker?
Givers are appreciated and sought after while takers are generally avoided. Givers are synergistic. They build organizations and contribute to the success of the people around them.
Think about it: who wants to work with someone who only takes?
Giving to others is part of your Christian witness to the world. Jesus instructs us in Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received, freely give,” and Acts 20:35 declares, “Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” The writer of Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others.”
Sow and reap.
Givers understand the law of sowing and reaping which is stated in 2 Corinthians 9:6 this way, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
The law of sowing and reaping works the same way for everyone, every time. It never changes or stops working. There may be a season between the sowing and the reaping, but your harvest is sure to come.
Proverbs 11:24 declares: “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.”
Jesus tells us more about giving in Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
God guarantees your giving will come back to you. For example, if you give information, support, and opportunity to your co-workers—you will receive information, support, and opportunity from your co-workers.
Our flesh says if we give something away we will not have enough left for ourselves. But Jesus Christ says the opposite. In fact, the more we give, the more we will reap. It’s a faith principle.
Who wants to work with someone who only takes?