The psychiatrist was listening intently.
I was being evaluated as a candidate to be a living kidney donor.
He was asking the same question in a variety of ways, looking for a variation of answer.
After I assured him I had experience with psychiatrists I summed it up for him this way.
I said, “Answer this question for me. Why would God, who designed the body, create the body with two kidneys, knowing we only need one to live, if we weren’t supposed to give one away?”
I followed up that question with this statement.
“I believe goodness begats goodness.”
Goodness invested is always returned. Always.
A very clear reminder of this is found in Luke 6:38 as a declarative statement.
“Give, and it will be given to you.”
If you tend to be an Old Testament person, the following is a promise as well, also declarative, found in Proverbs 12:14.
“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words,
And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.”
And then there is the prayer of Nehemiah, which has become my life verse, found in Nehemiah 13:31.
“Remember me, O my God, for good.”
Goodness spent is goodness repaid.