Joining Kate Motaung and a community of writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “Share.”
Selfishness. It seems to be bound up from birth in most human hearts, if not all. As evidenced by the fact that one of our first words as children is usually, “Mine.” Sometimes spoken in multiples, “Mine! Mine! Mine!” as we fiercely clutch an object to our chests. Sometimes it is not that we want it but what we want is to keep it from someone else.
One minister described the adult version of the clutching, the hesitance to share, as rooted in the fear of running out, rather than faith in running over. Running over. Is this not what the Father promises? “Give and it shall be given to you. Good measure. Pressed down. Shaken together and running over.”
Some children seem generous and tender hearted from birth. Freely offering to share whatever they have with others. Most of us however, have to learn to be generous. To give freely of what matters most. It is often easy to share what we no longer want or value little. The rub is to give what we value most and that often is ourselves, our time, our talents. But there is this promise, “The liberal soul will shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered.”
What can we share with others today? A smile? A meal? A hug? Eye contact? Time? A word of encouragement? There is truly no such thing as too much encouragement. It may not be obvious to us that someone needs to be encouraged but as Truett Cathy said, “You know someone needs encouragement if they are breathing.”