I just finished reading "The Go-Giver" and wanted to share a few of my thoughts about the book. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt challenged to improve in several areas of my life. This book does a good job portraying the importance of giving and how it effects every area of your life! Listed below are two of the five laws for success that the book explains in greater detail. This would be considered a business book, but I believe the lessons in this book can be applied in the life of a believer. I would like to share a few ways that this book has helped me.
1. The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
I'm sure we all have heard of the famous saying, "It is better to give, than to receive" right? But, do we really believe this? All of us would of course say, "Yes!" but how often do we practice this in our daily life? If you are like me, probably not that often! I'm not just talking about money, all though that is a part of it. There are many ways in which a believer can give. We can give: Financially,Relationally, and Physically. This has challenged me to become more proactive in my giving in every area of my life. I believe the key to become a better giver is to change our mindset or prospective. If we can change what we think about, then it will result in action. If all I'm concerned about is number one, this guess what? Every decision I make will be based on my comfort and enjoyment. For the Christian, God has been very clear on what our mindset should be! In Luke 10:27, God told us to "Love God & Love others" I think this is a good starting place to help us change our perspective. Instead of always focusing on ourselves, we need to ask the Lord to help us to focus on the things that actually matter.
2. The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first.
I have seen this law work firsthand and can vouch that it truly works! When I was fourteen years old, my youth pastor was the one who started to teach me the Word of God. God used him in a great way in my life. The main reason why I allowed him to influence me was because I genuinely felt that he cared about me and wanted what was best for me. People are not dumb. We know if someone is genuine or not. Another person who has influenced me was a missionary to North Africa. I first met this missionary when I was fifteen and he took the initiative to spend a lot of time with me. He was the one who challenged me to consider being a missionary. He took me on my first missions trip where the Lord gave me a burden to take the gospel to those who have never heard! I don't think that there is a formula or check list to follow, in order to influence someone. The first step is to just show that you actually care! It might require you to give up some time, some money, or some resources. However the Lord leads you, the important thing to remember is to be genuine and allow the Lord to use you in someone else's life!
I hope that you decide to read this book! It definitely has challenged me in a lot of ways and I believe that it will be a blessing to you as well! Click here if you would like to get the book!