Comedian Michael Jr. and the Surprising Gift of Giving

Originally published by Patheos.

Do you remember the last time you were able to give someone something they really enjoyed or needed? Maybe you did the dishes for your housemate, threw a party for your mom’s birthday, wrote a reference for a co-worker, or simply listened to a friend who needed a some advice. The experience of giving probably came with a sense of connection and satisfaction. Acts 20:35 tells us “It is more blessed to give than to receive“, and many studies have confirmed that giving makes people happier, healthier and less stressed.–Perhaps just as God enjoys giving good gifts to us, we too are meant to experience a sense of joy when we give. 

And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8 

2 Corinthians 9:8 tells us to be generous in every good work. This month, we examined ways that we can aid the poor with our money . But there are other ways we can give generously in and through our work, not just with the money we earn from it.

Here, comedian Michael Jr. powerfully describes how the idea of “giving” impacted his work for the better.

“Normally when a comedian gets on stage, he wants to get laughs from people. And I felt a little shift take place, where I felt like I was to go up there and give them an opportunity to laugh. Now I’m not looking to take. I’m looking for an opportunity to give. This changed everything.” – Michael Jr.

Look to Others’ Interests

Michael Jr. realized that through his work, he could “make laughter common in uncommon places.”

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Topics: Generosity

About the Author

The Theology of Work Project answers the question “What does the Bible say about work?” by producing Bible commentary, topical articles, and audio/video resources that examine faith and work from a Christian perspective.