The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. – Proverbs 11:24 (MSG)
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 on yourself, 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.
However, if your main focus is on yourself, your world will be small. Instead, if you choose to focus on others and meeting the needs of those around you, you’ll not only be happier, but you’ll be more fulfilled. You’ll know that you’re being used by God to help those around you in a big way.