“Give generously and generous gifts will be given back to you, shaken down to make room for more. Abundant gifts will pour out upon you with such an overflowing measure that it will run over the top! Your measurement of generosity becomes the measurement of your return.” Luke 6:38 TPT
I watched from my chair at the beach as a grandmother handed each of her two grandsons a small bucket. To the she oldest she gave a spoon and to the youngest she gave a sand shovel and told them both, “The first one to fill their bucket gets to choose where we’ll eat lunch today.”
Quickly the oldest one complained, “Grams, that’s not fair! His shovel is bigger so he’s going to win.” To which ‘Grams’ replied, “The spoon is only a disadvantage if you let it be. I’m pretty sure you’ll figure it out!”
The oldest boy looked down, quickly dropped his spoon and used the bucket to dig down deep until in moments, it was overflowing with sand. Sometimes age has the advantage after all.
What a lesson to be learned here. Instead of looking at what we’ve been dealt in life and the little we have available to be generous with, perhaps we need to change our perspective, stop making excuses and just work with what we have. Trust me, once you do this, you’ll learn to become very creative.
Being raised in a poor pastors home, I would watch my mom feed people after church with whatever she had, and it wasn’t much. She never complained or turned anyone away. She could take a 1/2 pound of burger, a can of beans, a can of tomato soup and some potatoes from the garden and turn it into a delicious meal that everyone would ask the recipe for.
We were taught that if we had something, we could help someone. God will always provide for givers. You can’t out give God. He watches over every seed sown, nothing is lost to Him.
My friend, if you’re experiencing a need in your life right now and could use a blessing, change your perspective. Get your eyes off your need and look at your seed. What do you have in your cupboards? If it’s peanut butter and brown sugar, make a sandwich and find someone who looks hungry. Don’t look at what you’d like to do, look at what you can do. Learn to lay down your spoon and use your bucket.
2 Corinthians 9:10-11 TPT: This generous God who supplies abundant seed for the farmer, which becomes bread for our meals, is even more extravagant toward you. First he supplies every need, plus more. Then he multiplies the seed as you sow it, so that the harvest of your generosity will grow. You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion, for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God.