Start with Sharing
“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.” Deuteronomy 15: 7-9
When we were children, we learned the art of sharing generously. My parents, and especially my mom, encouraged me to let my friends play with my toys, give away freely the things I wasn’t using, and lend freely to anyone who needed help. My mom offered our food and our kitchen table; she gave rides to school and swim practices, and she gave generously of her money to the homeless men on the corners and of her time to the church. This is what friends do – we share what we have – whether lemonade on the back porch or a sweatshirt from our closet or a few dollars during lean times. We share because we love.
Something happens though, as we get older and that word “mine” becomes a part of our every day vocabulary. We start hoarding what isn’t ours to begin with. My house. My car. My money. But none of these things are actually ours, are they? My children are the forerunners when it comes to being generous with what they have. They’re always reminding me of how much more we can give because they come from a place of having nothing. They don’t want other people to have nothing. They know what it feels like to be without, and it’s an awful feeling. Is today the day for you to remember? When was the last time someone shared with you? What did it mean to you? Have you bought into the belief that your things belong to you?
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