I was listening to The Message version of the Bible this morning while I was running on the treadmill. Sometimes I do that if I’m having trouble putting aside time to read, anyhoo, I think I was half concentrating until I heard this one verse: “She gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford”(Luke 21:4)
This was the story of the Widows mite, you know how it goes, there were lots of rich people dropping money into a collection plate and then came the widow putting in two pennies…and Jesus said: “she gave extravagantly, what she couldn’t afford”.(The Message version)
This is fairly obvious in reference to money but I started thinking: What is it that I don’t have much of? What CAN’T I afford to give that God would have me to give…extravagantly?
Right there jogging on the treadmill a list started forming in my head. A list of things that I don’t have in great supply, things like…
Forgiveness… when someone wronged me what if I gave forgiveness instead of judgment?
A gentle response…when a sharp comeback is just about to spew out of my mouth, what if I stopped and chose a more gentle reply? Or even just kept my mouth shut?
Time…when someone asks me to do something during a particularly busy week, what if I said “yes”. Most of you have a hard time saying no and setting boundaries, not so for me…my issue is the opposite. I have such huge…I’m gonna call them “personal boundaries”, some people close to me have referred to them as “social issues”, whatever the “issue” for me, sometimes saying yes, even to “fun” things, is costly. Not only on my time but on my emotions.
Joy…I’ve such a mixed bag of feelings about joy, but I can tell you that there are many days I’m overwhelmed with emotions that are anything but joyful. On those days could I possibly give extravagantly by giving a smile, a laugh or an encouraging word…give what I don’t have much of…give a little joy.
My list went on and on. I bet your list won’t be so long.
But maybe there’s something you find you have in short supply. Something, that like the widow, you can give away extravagantly…something that you can’t afford.
I’d love to hear if your thoughts…