You Can’t Out-Give God

Of all the “alls” of God—all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, all-just, all-merciful—one “all” that you experience every day is that He is “all-generous.”  He gives you everything – your family, your friends, your earthly goods, your life, your future, your very self. And give back to Him what you might, you cannot out-give God.

At Cana, they gave Jesus water and He gave them back the finest wine. On the Cross, the Good Thief gave Him words of praise acknowledging Him as Lord, and Jesus gave him Paradise. Nicodemus gave Him a new tomb, and three days later He returned  it with the promise of resurrection. You give Him your sins, with sorrow and repentance, He gives you His Son. You give Him glory, you give Him yourself, and He gives you Heaven.

Give Him glory? How can you, a creature made by Him, give Him any glory?  He is Glory with a capital “G;” He does not change; and in no way can you increase His glory, no way can you add to His “all-gloriousness.” When He made you He gave you your body, your heart, your mind, your soul, your strength. But there is something that you can give Him, something no one else has, and something only you can give Him.

In His glory and power, He not only made you in His image, He not only made you as His full-of-beauty child, He not only made you a unique person with whom He wants to spend eternity—He made you free.  He made you so you can choose of your own free will to do His will.

Every time you do good and avoid evil, every time you choose an act of virtue, every time you love another person, you make your will His will, and you give Him glory. You cannot out-give God, but you can freely choose to give Him your love in the love you give to all those He has created to live with you. Echo what Jesus said the night before His passion and death, “Not my will, but thine be done,”  by freely choosing to follow the Father’s will, making  this glorifying prayer a reality every day:  “Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, Amen.”

Guy McClung
Dr. Guy McClung in 1989, M.D. Anderson announcement

Guy McClung lives with his wife of 41+ years in San Antonio TX where he practices patent law, helping inventors develop and patent their inventions. Guy has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School, and is a nationally known scholar in the field of intellectual property.

Following two stints in the seminary with the missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, total 6 years, he came to the realization that God was not calling him to that type of vowed obedience; so he left the seminary and got married.  Five children and seven grandchildren later, he decided to try to write some words that would convey his thanks to God almighty for blessing after blessing after blessing.

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  2. Natural selection has resulted in our adapting so well to the world around us that it seems like the world was created especially for us. We thank our god for these blessings but it is we who have evolved to take advantage of things as they are. We appreciate a sunset and thank our god for making it so beautiful or a strawberry so delicious. It is like the pothole that got filled with water and the water being amazed that the hole has the exact same shape as it.

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