How is your getting going? I mean, how are you doing at getting your part of the world?

That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? Getting yours? Getting what’s coming to you? At least, that’s what it used to be. Not because God planned it that way but because that’s just the way it all evolved.

Even the Bible said, in Mark 10:30, that if you give you will get back a hundredfold — which is nothing short of an amazing return on an investment in any portfolio. In this case, it’s the life portfolio, and that’s even better yet.

Imagine it. All we have to do is give, and we get back a hundredfold. But let’s use only tenfold for our example here; otherwise, the numbers get too high.  So if we give $5 a day, we get back at least $50. 

Fifty dollars a day times 30 days in a month equals $1,500 a month times 12 months equals $18,000 a year.  That’s a $1,500 return for an investment of only $150 a month or an $18,000 return for an investment of only $1,500 a year. That’s great business. It’s a gain of $16,500. Wouldn’t you love to turn in a $1,500 and get an $18,000 back each year?

But wait a minute. Didn’t I miscalculate that?

Tenfold is tenfold right? So doesn’t the return on that investment actually equal $150 trillion in only nine months? Sure it does.

After all, if I give that first $1,500 one month’s earnings away right away, my return on investment will be $15,000 that I’ll get back, the next month. Then if I give that $15,000 earnings away right away, my return the next month will be $150,000 and, if I give that away right away, my next month’s earnings will be $1.5 million. 

Then if I give the next month’s $1.5 million away right away the return will be $15 million, the next month’s will be $150 million, the next month’s will be $1.5 billion, the next will be $15 billion, then $150 billion, $1.5 trillion and then $150 trillion and so on. So by giving $5 away one day I earn $150 trillion just nine months later. That’s amazing.

Of course, in the Bible, the focus of your return on investment isn’t really limited to money is it? There are a lot of other things you can give away.

You can give of time, your heart, kindness, patience, knowledge, wisdom, respect and best of all you can give someone or a bunch of people your love.

If you show some respect, you can get a mountain of respect back. Or if you show some kindness, you will get a trillion acts of kindness back and then you can give those away again and who knows how much kindness will be spread around the world.

Makes you feel kind of important doesn’t it? Look at the impact that just little old you can have.

For as Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer once said, “You can give without love, but you can never love without giving.”

Kevin Holten is the president of the North Dakota Cowboy Association and executive producer of "Special Cowboy Moments" on NBC.

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