Some people are like reservoirs. They collect God’s blessings but then hoard them.

Other people are like a straw. They say, “God, help other people through me.”

A critical spiritual lesson is that God gives you far more blessings when you’re a straw than when you’re a reservoir.

If you want God to bless you, bless others—particularly the most vulnerable in our society.

The Bible says, “God blesses those who are kind to the poor. He helps them out of their troubles. He protects them and keeps them alive; he publicly honors them and destroys the power of their enemies” (Psalm 41:1-2 TLB).

God makes many amazing promises to those who give to the poor, but here’s one of my favorites. The Bible says in Proverbs 19:17, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!” (NLT).

God considers it a loan to him every time you give to the poor. It’s not a gift; it’s a loan.

And God promises that he will always pay you back.