Sharing is Caring
We hear this all the time right? This is one of the first things we teach our children. We do not want them growing up to be selfish, self-seeking, putting themselves ahead of others always. Well, I do not know about yours but mine are not always keen on sharing though I have drummed this into them. They do not always want to share their favorite food or snack, game, toy or whatever they deem dear to them in the moment.
Sometimes with gentle nudging they will share while grumbling or sulking; especially if they feel what they have is just enough for them. This is why the little boy with the five loaves and two fishes gets my attention this AM! (John 6.)
The boy had left home to attend an all-day crusade where Jesus was speaking and performing miracles. Mommy had packed just enough food for him, well maybe with just a few extras in case he met a friend or two who had no lunch to eat.
Jesus saw the multitudes were hungry and asked His disciples to come up with a feeding plan. As some expressed their misgivings about this plan, others were scrambling for solutions. Andrew found the little boy who was willing to share his little food. When Andrew told Jesus what he had found, His response was simple, “Bring them here to me,” he said. Matthew 14:18.
We do not have to wait till we have more than enough to share with others. A little can still go a long way to make a difference in someone's life. I do not know what the disciple told the boy for him to give up his food but noone would have blamed him if he refused to give it. After all, it was his and it was not enough to feed many people. However when he opened his hands and let go of the little he had it made such a huge difference.
As the year winds down let us show that we care by sharing with others. Share the little time you have. Share the little food you have. Share the little money you have. Do not overthink it, just share!!
Love, Lady Monica ❤