When I was a kid, people seemed to have a different attitude toward life. Why? Maybe because those days were soon after the Great Depression, when people didn’t have jobs and did well to keep from starving. In church we sang a song about counting your blessings, naming them one by one.
I’ve not heard that song in more than fifty years. Modern advertising and prosperity preachers keep telling us we should have more, so now we’re inclined to sing about our wants, counting each lack, one by one.
Jesus said our getting more depends upon our giving more, although I doubt that many people interpret Scripture that way.
Give, and you will not have to worry about receiving. You will receive a full measure, packed down, shaken together, and spilling into your lap. The measure you give determines the measure you will receive. — Luke 6:38, from Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story
Maybe if we were more thankful for what we have to give, we’d experience the blessing of giving and have more to be thankful for.