The Gift – A New/Old Way of Living…

In his book “Linchpin” Seth Godin makes this statement,
“I must have been absent that day at Stanford business school. They don’t spend a lot of time teaching you about the power of unreciprocated gifts, about the long (fifty thousand years) tradition of tribal economies being built around the idea of mutual support and generosity. In fact, I don’t think the concept is even mentioned once. We’ve been so brainwashed, it doesn’t even occur to us that there might be an alternative to “How much should I charge, how much can I make?”*

The gift, living your life committed in the mutual support of your neighbors, is the heart of successful community. If you haven’t already discovered this you will discover a new freedom to live to the full when you wake up every day unconcerned with the need to be secure and instead find yourself most absorbed with what you can do for another!

Jesus came to show us how to live this way. He did it, so that we could see it can be done and what happens when we decide to follow Him. We need to see that this abundant life of giving and service was His incredible Gift to us. He came to save the world and to teach us how to live in the world but not of it.

To have more than a social club that we call church we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds, so that we are no longer conformed to the systems of the world. We must make of our lives a living sacrifice expecting nothing in return. We must consider the needs of others first and learn to live serving our neighbors…

Wow. Is this even possible?

*Godin, Seth (2010-01-19). Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? (p. 150). Penguin Group.

About ichthysgeneration

I am part of the generation of those who have sold out "their" lives to Jesus Christ. He is alive and wants us to live as He lives, doing the things Our Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe and Man, asks us to do. On this journey I am a husband to Vicky, and a father to Carter Samuel Curtis. Our family lives an exciting life telling others about how Jesus has changed our focus and given us freedom and great joy. Vicky and I are on staff at a large church and right now Carter is a 2nd grader. We like to ride bikes, take walks, play at the beach, mess with computers, have long talks, study wildlife, read and listen to all kinds of music. Carter enjoys making up songs and drawing masterpieces. Carter and I are fascinated with the "wild west" and get to "play" Texas Rancher a couple of times a year. Vicky is the perfect wife and does a very convincing act of liking it as she encourages our antics. I have a passion for listening to the living Jesus as he relates the riches of His (and our) Father's wisdom and love to all humanity. By His being born among us, His death on the cross and His resurrection into new life, which we may share with Him, He has provided all we need for an incredible journey. I hope you are excited about joining with us and making yourself known as part of "The Icthuse Generation" on the great road!
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