A few years back I attended a memorial service for a homeless man. Despite having lived a tough life, Leroy was a very sweet man with a big heart and an unforgettable personality that deeply touched every person he met. At one point in the service, people were invited to come to the microphone and share stories about Leroy.
I was particularly moved by some things that a young single mom shared. She said she had gotten to know Leroy when she offered him a cup of cold water on a hot day. Over time the two of them developed a special friendship. He would do odd jobs for her. She would share food with him, and he occasionally would sleep in her tool shed on cold nights. After he had gotten sick, she had taken him in and cared for him during the last few weeks of his life. Then she finished by saying, “I never knew I had the capacity for kindness that I did until I met Leroy. He brought out the best in me.”
Jesus once said, “Give, and it shall be given to you.” It’s amazing how that works. The more we give, love, serve, the more we receive. The more blessed we realize we are, the more we realize we have blessings to give. Then it’s a matter of taking action. When our hands are closed, nothing goes out or comes in. But when we open our hearts and hands to give, not only are we sharing from God’s abundant blessings in our lives, we’re making room for more.
When we share with others, blessings increasingly show up in our lives – sometimes from the ones we’ve shared with and sometimes from someone entirely different. Regardless of the source, the gift always returns to us – often in a different form and many-fold.
What I have found is that sometimes others need the water, sometimes I need the water but being a follower of Jesus is knowing that the cup will always be full in His name.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Please give me a heart that is willing to give and able to do it cheerfully. Let me see others as your sons and daughters. Remind me that our cups will always be full because You are a good God. Give us wisdom in how to give. Give us thankfulness when we receive from You as well. Open our eyes to see those in need around us. We love You.
Conyers First UMC