Each and every one of you reading this has something to offer someone else. And not just anything to offer, but something so important to share that we need what you have.
So what is it?
Too many times I’ve been faced with the opportunity to help someone out or give to someone in need, and instead, I freeze. I do nothing.
I could make dinner for a family, check in on someone I’ve been thinking about, or give money to a good cause. I could encourage someone on their achievements or share a listening ear.
Yet in a split second my brain rifles through every option and possibility of what I could do or give, but my indecisiveness and uncertainty leave me inactive, immobile.
What if my gift is not enough? What if they don’t actually need it? What if they think it’s silly? What if I give and then don’t have enough for my own family? What if it’s too much work?
I do nothing.
Recently I’ve been listening to an audiobook by Francis and Lisa Chan called You and Me Forever. Though it is a book primarily about marriage, one key principle has seeped into many areas of my life: that is the challenge to take ACTION in our lives and not just be gluttons, consuming and hoarding all the knowledge, experiences and stuff we acquire.
It’s the call to DO something with what we have.
I sometimes overcomplicate the action of doing, and the reason boils down to that I am too focused on myself – how I will look and how it will affect me. I can forget that life is not just about me or my family.
Yet I wonder, what impact could happen if I looked past myself to really see the people around me? What if I could believe that the people in my life need something that I have to offer?
I can’t help everyone, but I can encourage someone.
This small shift in thinking could change the way I act.
It could change the way we act.
Each of us has something in abundance that we can be generous with.
This thing to share might be your time, as you may be in a season with more time or the flexibility to create space in your schedule.
It might be a season of financial stability, with a bit extra to share with others in need.
It might be a certain gift or ability that you have in abundance, such as creativity, compassion, wisdom, or knowledge to teach.
It could be a set of skills or experiences that you’ve accumulated and could be imparted to another, like the ability to organize, plan, bake, take photographs, create art, or budget.
It could be a personality trait or temperament that you possess, like joy, humour, or steadiness; never underestimate the gift of lifting someone’s spirits and bringing them encouragement.
It could be your ability to notice those who are alone or lonely because not everyone sees everyone else.
It could be the simple power of sharing your own story to encourage someone else walking a similar path.
You have something in abundance to share because God has given it to you.
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others… Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.” 2 Corinthians 9:8, 11 NLT
When we act on the prompting we feel to share what we have, we can rest in this truth:
Whatever God calls us to, or prompts us to do, it will NOT be done by our own efforts or by our own strength. Whatever we do or give, it is out of the overflow of what God has already given us or done in our lives.
We share generously out of the abundance of God’s already-present generosity.
You have something in abundance to share, and someone needs it. And someone has something to share with you, too.
What do you have to give?
Who needs what you have today?