My friend, may I ask you a question? Sharing. Are we at best inconsistent and at worst possessive. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be consistent, never missing an opportunity to share even when it means that personally benefiting isn’t in the equation? How this world would change.
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Sharing–it really doesn’t come naturally to us, does it? Or does it? I remember a time years ago when my two little grandsons, James and Jayson, were playing on the kitchen floor. At the time James was nearly three and Jayson one. I watched James as he was playing with his tractor and several other toys on the floor when he spied Jayson playing with a toy truck several feet away. In a moment he was there to take the truck away and add it to his personal fleet across the room and Jayson was left with nothing. A few moments later, however, they both were given a snack. James had two and Jayson had one. In amazement I watched James walk over to his little brother and give him his spare snack.
Sharing. Are we at best inconsistent and at worst possessive. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be consistent, never missing an opportunity to share even when it means that personally benefiting isn’t in the equation? How this world would change.
Here’s a story from John Stuart: Recently I was in Macdonald’s restaurant, having a coffee. At one of the tables, a woman was sitting alone, who looked unkempt and unwashed. She was having an imaginary conversation with someone who wasn’t there. Five minutes later, one of the servers came over to sit down for her breakfast break. At first, I thought she was going to ask the lady to leave. Instead, she sat down beside her and carefully halved her sausage biscuit with the woman. It was a beautiful, sacred moment. What made this even more special was the fact that I knew the server was having severe financial problems of her own at the time. But here she was, sharing half of everything she possessed on that morning, with someone whose need was greater than her own. Jesus once said, “The poor you have with you always, do for them whatever you can.” The server at Macdonald’s preached to me a beautiful sermon that morning. As she gave to the poor, bedraggled lady, she was lending to the Lord; an act of true compassion and love. (John Stuart)
Would that the Lord would challenge us to do what we can to help people less fortunate than ourselves; that he would take away our excuses and fears, our lack of patience and compassion. Would that he would enable us to see and grasp those opportunities for kindness and care that he places before us. Would that we would mark every one of these opportunities with consistency. May God grant each of us the strength to fulfill his will for us by doing whatever we can, consistently; sharing our trucks as well as our snacks!
We pray. Everlasting Father, we thank You for the breath of life that we are so fortunate to have every morning and for health, strength, prosperity and favor. Continue to bless us, Oh Lord, and hold us together with your unconditional love and grace. Spirit of God, let your glory fall afresh on us and revive us as you have your way. We will spread your love with those we are fortunate to interact with. Fill us with power from above as your glory is risen upon us. Allow your love to radiate through us and present opportunities for us to be of service to others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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