A barber gave a rabbi a haircut, then refused to accept pay. “I don’t charge clergy for haircuts,” he said. The next day, when the barber arrived at work, he found a loaf of Jewish rye bread on his doorstep.
The next day, he gave a free haircut to the local priest. One day later, he arrived at work, only to find a bottle of wine, left by the priest.
And then he gave a free haircut to the local Baptist pastor. The next day, when he arrived at work, he was greeted by 15 other pastors, waiting on his doorstep.
Too often, we are like the Baptist pastor, gladly accepting the benevolence of others, while not giving any ourselves. God has a special warning for people like that: “Faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26).
Recovery Step: Nothing will bless you more than helping others experience the same benefits and recovery that you have received.