Wednesday, September 24, 2014

God Gives and Forgives Generously

 "You get back what you put out." 

I heard that phrase all the time while I was growing up. I believed it wholeheartedly. 

And when it came to school work and in the workplace, it was true most of the time. If I worked hard on a school project, I got a good grade. If  I completed all of my tasks at work, I got a glowing review and a raise at the end of the quarter. 

But it did not always hold true for relationships, especially with family. I thought that if I put forth the effort into building relationships, by exhibiting the character qualities such as kindness and honesty that I hoped to receive back, people would show those qualities back to me. Everything would work out, and everyone would be happy. 

It didn't always work out that way. 

And that led me to make up my mind once or twice to stop trying with a certain person. I wondered what was the point in continuing to put forth effort, when the other person did not give any back. 

Then one day it hit me. Doesn't God continue to love me, support me, listen to me in spite of the many times I have failed Him? 

He is always ready to greet me, no matter how long it has been since I last talked to Him. If I need forgiveness, he has always given it. 

I knew I needed to continue to try with certain people, even if it was hard and felt pointless. It is not my job to control how they respond to me. Their response is the best they can give at that moment. And that became enough for me because if the King of Kings can love me with all of my shortcomings, then surely I can love the people that He has placed in my life.

It was an important lesson for me to learn.

Putting forth big effort to equal big reward in school, on sports teams, and in the workplace makes sense. But it is not how we should approach our relationships with people. Our behavior towards others should not be an action plan to achieve a specific outcome. We should treat people with kindness, respect, and honesty because they are a child of God. Our behavior should be a reflection of our generous heavenly Father, to share the gift of love that He has given us. 

I am thankful that the phrase, "You get back what you put out" isn't true for relationships. 

When it comes to my relationship with God, I get back so much more than I will ever give Him.  


  1. Erica, this is such a beautiful post. If we all lived this way, what a perfect world it would be! Thanks for sharing this.

    Posts like this are why I nominated you for a Liebster today: you have such a wonderful blog, and I want to steer as many readers as possible to it.

    I haven't been stopping by nearly as often as I'd like to lately, because life has been too full in the Pearl house. But as soon as things slow down, I can't wait to catch up with all my old blogging friends. I'm so happy I came by here today.

    1. Thank you, Laura! You are very kind! I am behind on my blog reading, too, as I have been so busy this year with all of our school work. I plan on hopping on over to your blog and catching up soon.


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