Influential Friendships

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Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36, Romans 1:18-32, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 19:6-7

Daily Verse: “Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.” Prov. 19:6

Influential friendships.

In the same vein as yesterday’s devotional, people seek influential friendships for what they can gain. Gift givers, especially in business and politics, gain allies to achieve their goals.

During my days as a Merchandise Coordinator for Nautica, we gave things away, especially in the early days. Water bottles, notepads, free merchandise, floating key chains, on and on the list went. Associates loved to see me coming when I had gifts in hand. One of my favorites, a striped tote bag, I still carry. Not only did others receive treats, but so did I.  One of the many reasons I loved working for Nautica.

Generosity receives favor. People want to do things for those who reward their efforts. Feeling appreciated motivates people. In my sixteen years at Nautica, they never stopped showing appreciation for my work.

Reward people’s efforts with gifts that show appreciation, and you will develop loyal friendships. People seek friendships with those who give gifts.

Lord, no one gives better gifts than You.  Thank You for showering us with blessings; let us seek You first before anyone else. Help us share what You give freely with those around us. IJNIP. Amen

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