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DevotionalCafe.com was founded in
2006 by me - Debbie Weaver. The mission of this site is to spread
the good news of God through the "Uplift Daily" devotional
newsletter and to give a percentage of the site's profits to "Save the
Children" - a charity that supports children in need.
This site was inspired by a period
in my life filled with hardship and frustration. However, those hard
times proved to be a blessing in disguise as I learned the true
secret to success and happiness in life...
Several years ago, my husband and I
seemingly had it all - nice home, good income, a healthy child, an
entertaining lifestyle, etc. But, after many years of living
comfortable and taking life for granted, we received a rude
awakening when my husband developed kidney failure and had to go on
dialysis. He was forced to go out from his job on disability
as he awaited a kidney transplant.
After a year, the job was no longer
obligated to him and released him. The disability checks
stopped coming and suddenly we were at risk to lose it all. We
had gone from riches to rags. From the penthouse to the
The business world knows no
sympathy - it bleeds money green. The banks, attorneys, bill
collectors, and every other collector you can think of were knocking
at our door. Bankruptcy was looming. The stress and
money problems began to affect our marriage. It was truly the
worst times of our life.
You may think this can't happen to
you, but the truth is it could happen to anyone. Many people
are just one paycheck away from losing their homes. Whether it
be health issues, a lawsuit, a natural disaster, an accident, or
whatever - nothing is guaranteed in life.
The only thing that kept us
together as a family and helped us pull through was our faith in
God. It was God's grace that helped us discover the secret
that changed our lives.
This secret may not seem like a
secret to you. Actually you have heard of it before.
However, the real secret is in applying what I'm about to tell you
rather than just understanding it.
Ok, here it is - the secret that
turned our lives around and inspired this website:
Whenever possible, help other
people. You must give without expecting anything in return.
The benefit to you is in the
giving. Help without being asked and help without keeping a tally.
The most successful people in the world today know that what you
give away comes back to you ten fold.
"Give and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will
be poured into your lap." --Luke 6:38 NIV
Zig Ziglar said, "You can
get everything in life you want - if you help enough other people
get what they want."
Brian Tracy put it this way
"Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help
others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for
So the question has to be are you
giving? Are you giving what you want in return which boils down to
the old phrase do unto others as you would be done unto yourself.
What this means is offering to help
people, don't wait to be asked, people don't ask for what they want.
Always be on the lookout for people you can help, for little things
that you can do that might mean big things to others.
It's taken me a long long time to
realize that the most successful people that I know are people that
will help everyone and anyone. The people that when they see you
struggling with something will jump in and do it for you. These same
people, because they help everyone, also know everyone so they
always know somebody that will help with your problem even if they
can't fix it themselves. These people give without the expectation
of reward. These people give without keeping a tally of favors given
and returned. These people are happier because happiness comes from
giving. When you make somebody else happy by helping with a problem
you become happy. If you give happiness you get happiness.
So your prescription to lifelong
happiness & success is:
- Give whenever you can without
- Give without keeping score
- Repeat often
Let me finish of this valuable
lesson with a few more quotes from people who knew & used this
"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly,
and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that
sticks to the fingers." -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca 5BC - 65AD
"The return we reap from generous actions is not always
evident." -- Francesco Guicciardini 1483 - 1540
"Getting people to like you is merely the other side of
liking them." --Norman Vincent Peale 1898 - 1993
"You give before you get" -- Napoleon Hill 1883 –
I hope this has inspired you to apply the secret to
happiness and God's grace. If we all did this the world would
be a better place.