One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.Proverbs 11:24
There’s a lie in our society today that tells us that if we get more we will be happier. If we had more friends we would be happier. If we had a better car we’d be happier. If we got those new shoes we’d be happier. We see it all around us. So many people are wearing themselves out pursuing things in an effort to make themselves happier.
God gives us a different perspective here in this verse. Basically, He’s saying that if we are primarily focused on ourselves and keeping us happy and getting more things for ourselves that our world will be small.
When your focus is your self, your world will be small. And the reality is, the more you focus on yourself the unhappier you’ll be. God wants to use you. He wants to do big things through you and use you to bless the people around you.