Replenishment by Depletion

We live in a world of unlimited opportunities to do good, yet with what seems to be very limited means of meeting those opportunities. I think maybe we too often forget that we will not be judged by our Maker and Redeemer based upon the opportunities but rather upon our means. As The Carpenter said it, “From those who have much, much will be expected.”

It was not that the widow’s mite could relieve so much suffering, hunger or poverty that caused him to commend her, but rather that it represented all that she had to prevent her own suffering, hunger and poverty. Yet, she still gave it away, knowing that there were others who had less than her.

We are trained, and perhaps naturally predisposed, to focus so much of our attention on those who have more than us. Many of us are readily inclined to believe that almost no one else has less than we do; no one else has so much bad luck, so much misfortune, so little good. It is by distorted thinking and selective perception that we create such a miserable, debilitating view of our lives.

God has not limited the amount of good will we each can have. There are no boundaries on our mercy or forgiveness, save those we ourselves impose. We can give freely of kindness, mercy, encouragement and tolerance without any risk of running empty. A gentle touch, a soft word, a nod of understanding: these things come not by measure or meter. Rather, they are among those rare commodities whose increase is proportional to consumption.

I think it would be far better to meet my Maker having bankrupted myself by generosity rather than having accumulated much that blessed no one but myself. The little put to good use will increase; the much held selfishly will disappear. A morsel shared is more filling than the richest feast of indulgence.

H. Arnett
2/8/12

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About Doc Arnett

Native of southwestern Kentucky currently living in Blair, Kansas, with my wife of twenty-five years, Randa. We have, between us, eight children and twenty-one grandkids. We enjoy singing, worship, remodeling and travel.
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