"The greatest good you can do for another is not only to share your own riches but to reveal to him his own."--Benjamin Disraeli
The Lord commands us to share our riches, to impart of our material substances to lift another. Less well known is the Lord's command that we lift others by showing them what they have inside themselves, the goodness, the strength, the talents. I've been thinking a lot about that lately, the ability that lies within each of us to reflect back to others their best selves.
When you think of the people with whom you like to spend time, aren't they the ones who make you feel better about yourself? Who show you what you can be, who make you want to do better, to be better?
Unfortunately, there are those individuals who take delight in tearing others down, who withhold any kindnesses they might have extended with stingy hands and stingy hearts. There's a word for these people: bullies. Then there are the friends who offer praise and encouragement with a smile, a word, a note in the mail.
This I know for sure: when we reflect back to others their own riches, we enhance our own.