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”He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”

Jim Elliot.

I was looking for my dictionary and decided to check my library which was overflowing with books, journals, novels and whatnot when I saw one of my old diaries. I picked it up and a rumpled piece of paper slipped out. I looked at it and saw this quote which I wrote in 2008 (I always date my entries)Β I stopped on my tracks as my mind went into overdrive, what do we give that we cannot keep?

I have a picture of what I cannot keep that I’ll give away but I’m not sure if it applied to everyone. This quote stayed on my mind all day and I decided to post it and ask your opinions What do you think friends?

I value your friendships, always!

51 comments on “Givers.

  1. Uzoma says:

    A good one. I see the giver as a stream of flowing water–it hardly dries up. The one who doesn’t give is like a stagnant lake–nothing goes in, nothing comes out.

    In reality, a giver is never in need.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Exactly! A giver never lacks, and what is the greatest gift we can give in the world? Love! We give it and gain acceptance, happiness and joy! Thanks dear brother for your visit and comment!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful, Sandra.

    I would say love is something that can’t be kept AND can’t be lost.

    Reblogging this. I love it!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks dear friend, I totally agree, love is the greatest gift of all, both the giver and the receiver gains!! I appreciate your visit and the reblogging of my post!
      Much love always! πŸ™‚

  3. Reblogged this on The Educability of Perch and commented:
    Thank you, Sandra. Beautiful sentiment & photo

  4. Alastair says:

    Air is something he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose πŸ˜†

  5. Advice comes to mind. Nice post – John

  6. Reblogged this on Coffeebooksong Studios(TM) and commented:
    a great friend posted amazing work, check it out

  7. Love.
    Just keep giving it to everyone, and you may receive some Love back. But you can never keep it nor bottle it. Peace, Jean-Bernard.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Great answer Jean-Bernard, my thoughts exactly. Love can’t be kept, it must flow out then it will flow back! Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again!
      Blessings. πŸ™‚

  8. Actually when you really think about it, we really don’t ‘own’ anything…

  9. seanbidd says:

    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose…Jim Elliot
    He is no fool who parts with that which he cannot keep, when he is sure to be recompensed with that which he cannot lose… Philip Henry

    To give of ones life and love, an intertwined double helix, one gains an appreciation for that which is love and life. The first, one gives freely. The second, one can not lose, as it is a shared experience…

    A brief thought, while standing, sitting, walking, and resting inside the quote for a few moments

  10. tutankamon661 says:

    Woooooow!!!!!! Fantastic picture!!!!!!!

  11. ‘With all of the needless things in the world to have, and with-in our possession to give, no-thing, is forever-lasting, so why not give to others while there is time, for what is not useful in keeping ourselves?

    We only give to others, things we no longer have use for, but ultimately, it is to feel good about ourselves. . . not to feel good about giving. . . .

    One admired being, who is now in spirit, stated somewhat this familiar: “That we give very little of the much of which have, and that type of giving makes our gifts unwholesome. It is only when give of ourselves that we truly give.”

    Now reverberates the question: do we really give, and what is “genuinely given” when we give?

    Do we honestly give of ourselves?

    The act of “giving,” now opens another door of thought to altruism: the thought, and concern for the well being of others, prior to oneself.

    Is there such a thing as truly giving without selfishness, without the interest of oneself being the cause of all that is given?

    How say you?

    • Seyi sandra says:

      This is a very deep and thought provoking comment! You are right in so many aspects but I do believe many people (myself included) do give without any ulterior motives. I understand that life is fleeting and human beings are essentially selfish. All the same, many people would give their all without expecting anything back!

      This reminded me of the story of a father who went hiking with his two children, there was a snow slide, and they were trapped. The only way to save his children was to dig deep in the snow and tuck his children inside while he used himself as a body shield; he died, but saved his children. There are several instances where people have saved others without thinking of what they might gain in return.

      Aptly put, I do believe in giving without selfishness, without the interest of oneself being the cause of all that is given!

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment and I truly appreciate your visit to my site!
      Cheers. πŸ™‚

      • Understandably, respectfully, and well stated! Although, it is not the nature of anyone to give without expecting something in return! There is always the thought of personal, or interior motive in giving. The world needs to feel god about giving, as that is its highest objective of service to God, and fellow-being. Everyone needs to feel good about self, and to be in “good standards” with God, for merits, as well as to be in good favor with all humanity, an community alone.

        Whatever the position, there is always motive, as It is unnatural to give, or to assist another without thought of consideration — first, of oneself!

        There is no greater interest in the world of things than the interest of oneself!

        That is the first law of Nature: the concern for oneself, foremost!

        However, that being stated, natural law, the law of which all living thing abide by for the preservation of life, of a particular self is unyielding. . .

        Yet, it requires a much stronger will to refrain from the act, of consideration of self, to rise above that particular law, which is the law of LIFE: The concern for the well-being of others.

        It is only in embodiment of Christ and Buddhas that have taught the opposite awareness, to rise above one individuality, and consider serving without interest for oneself being the cause.

        Altruism is something that must be cultivated, because unnaturally, i is not given, or “natural” to give without expectations of something to be customary in return, even if it is to save a life, or to hear someone say thank you. That alone is expectation of something to be expected which one may have thought was freely given.

        To save a life of a stranger or love-one, one expect something. Other-wise, why even other bother, if nothing will come of it?

        I thank you for your attention, and most humbly for receiving this comment. May all have peace!

  12. notedinnashville says:

    That is one of the best quotes I’ve heard in a long time. It will definitely stay with me. Thank you for sharing.

  13. I thought immediately of the Bible, Matthew 6:19-20:

    Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

    But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Great comment Mark, it reminded me of what we discussed at our morning devotion today about the rich man who Jesus asked to sell his possessions and follow him but the poor lad could not! Thank you so much for your visit to my blog it is appreciated!
      Much love. πŸ™‚

  14. Thanks so much for the follow, and I’m happy to have found your blog as well!

  15. Where my husband works there is a table. It’s at a university, so thousands go through. You place on it anything you want to give away. It started out with just books and magazines but has grown. In an effort to declutter and just give, I told my husband I would try to find something to put on the table each day, at least for awhile. I enjoy knitting but can’t possibly keep everything,and my relatives have probably more than they want, so put a hat and scarf on the table. I’m thrilled that my husband said both were taken almost immediately.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      That is very gracious of you and I’m glad people like you do give without any form of recompence. I appreciate your visit to my site and I hope to see you again!
      much love. πŸ™‚

  16. The values that we are remembered for often surpass whatever physical acquisition or possessions that we gather to ourselves.
    The young man that you quoted was martyred for the sake of the gospel.
    Things of eternal value are the things that we must not loose. Loosing material things to gain things of eternal value is not a bad exchange.
    I would like to love selflessly and would also like to see peace reign on earth. Nothing should be traded for love.
    Lovely post!

  17. jalal michael sabbagh. says:

    l would say give the other knowledge ,kindness,Great quotation .Thank you for liking my post ( Women…..) all the best.jalal

  18. I have always loved that quote by Jim Elliot. Lovely post!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  19. adamjasonp says:

    Love is all about giving (not about expecting anything in return), and unconditional love, giving unconditionally.

  20. cherylz1961 says:

    Hello Ms Sandra!
    As you are a published author and I am striving to get a book or two published I have a graphics question for you. Can you recommend a Christian graphics site that is not really expensive or even free? Where do you go to get your graphics? Thx!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      My publisher, Arrow Gate Publishing did my book covers, although my short story, ‘Tales of Five Lies’ was self published last year and I used cover creator by Createspace! Createspace is an Amazon company and they have some custom covers that you can use! I used Stock Xchange too, though I’m not sure if I can tag them as christian but they do have nice graphics that you can use, I get my free graphics there!

      I hope this helps, if you need more help, do let me know!

      Cheers! πŸ™‚

      • cherylz1961 says:

        Thank you so much for your advise and help!!! I am still researching sites and will be sure to look up the ones you suggested. I get free downloads from Creation Swap and UponThisRock. I have looked into buying some on Bigstock and I am still a bit disappointed in the quality and variety of the Christian graphics I have looked at and wish I could find more with scriptures or quotes. Cheers back to you! πŸ™‚

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