5 comments | published by Linda | February 26, 2010
Proverbs 11:24
"One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty."

Walking through the aisles, I can make the experience what I want. I can quietly walk through the store, just looking, and leave with only my purse over my shoulder and empty hands, or pull out my wallet, and leave with a bag in each hand. It's up to me. Do I want to leave full, or empty handed?

How much do I have to spend?  What do I want to give? I know that the more money I give, the more I will have in my bag. Somehow shopping without spending is not as fulfilling, enjoyable or energizing. I leave the same. Needs might not have been met, treasures have not been found, and my experience might not be worth sharing.

I must admit I have spent days like this. Times where I go through my routine, but never open myself up, give, and therefore end the day rather empty.

Giving gives to the giver. This is God's way. This makes Him smile.  For a mystery all His own, He causes the giver to be the one that ends up most full. Blessings abound. We become filled. 

We can offer a hug to our kids, sit and hold them, go through their spelling list with them an extra time, make them a special snack, change a diaper and listen to their
stories, or focus on ourselves. It's up to us.

I've found that when I begin to feel empty, it's because I haven't given. I am the same.  Do I want to leave my days full, or empty handed?  
Posted in Living Room    |   Tags: What Makes Him Smile

micahhoffy
February 26, 2010
wow!!! that was impressive!! (:

KarenJ
February 26, 2010
Thought provoking. Thanks for sharing; this is really good.

Fluffy
February 26, 2010
That was really good!

MimiJ
February 27, 2010
Just what I needed to hear this week! How often you have said something, sometimes only in passing, that has made difference in how I approach some struggle or decision.
Love you!
Jolee

kati*did
February 27, 2010
This was for my heart, today. Thank you. I am feeling so empty and wasted and didn't even think to give.

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