How Much Is In the Bank?
How Much is in the Bank?
In order to keep the boat floating (so to speak), we have to make sure that we deposit more into the bank than we withdrawal. It is problematic when we continually take more out than we put in.
All of us are aware of that, but does this principle also have application to our relationships? What about the individual that acts like their spouse or friend is an ATM? That is, they are always receiving, always putting their hand out, but never giving.
When this occurs the “ATM” eventually runs dry! Think about how such conduct can effect relationships. If someone is “depleted” (no matter what the relationship is we are talking about), it is very easy for them to build resentment. It may lead a person to being hypercritical and impatient (though we should beware of excusing ourselves of doing this!). “Takers” in a relationship can foster these attitudes in others.
The solution is to make sure that we are givers. Jesus said, “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When we fill the “banks” of those around us it greatly enhances our relationships with one another and blesses are own life as well (see Lk. 6:38).
This is certainly not true across the board, but this is why some people “can’t catch a break.” People that are “users” don’t build up any credit! Thus, there is often skepticism about them and their motives.
For the sake of our relationships, let us be genuinely committed to filling up the banks of those God has surrounded us with.
The apostle Paul states: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4).