Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Yes, kids say and do the darnest things but did you know they also do some wise things as well? I have started babysitting two little girls during the week. The first couple days were tough. One would get upset because the other was playing with a toy the other wanted. This would lead to a fight or one of them crying. Then there were times where I’d see them in an inseparable state; they were best friends. They would care and make sacrifices for each other. Ironically the few times I’ve seen them treat each other this way was when they weren’t being told to treat each other with respect and to try to play nice. Observing these moments have taught me some valuable lessons.
The girls actually remind me how to be a better, more selfless person. Yesterday the younger sister, Anna lost her penny while we were walking to school; this meant that she wouldn’t be able to purchase a juice box for lunch. She stopped and searched frantically around the sidewalk for it before I told her we had to move on without it. A couple minutes later her older sister, Alley pulled out a penny from her backpack and said, “Here you can have my penny.” Anna hugged her sister and thanked her. That act warmed my heart. I wanted to reward Alley for her sacrifice. Even at such a young age, Alley could make a decision to give to make someone else happy even if it meant sacrificing something that she may have wanted later.
The act of love and sacrifice they show each other in between the sisterly quarrels continues to amaze me. I contemplate these situations and wonder if I would have done the same thing in my life when I was a child. What about now? Would I sacrifice my last “penny” as an adult? It’s tough being an adult. I want to answer yes wholeheartedly, that I would give my all without second guessing. A last penny could mean going without food or not paying a bill. As adults, we don’t easily expect unconditional rewards to come with unconditional giving. If we somehow lose our money, we don’t expect the same amount to come back to us. We have a hard time believing that we may receive if first we sacrifice. Luke 6:38 reads, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap." I want to strive to become a more giving person, a more sacrificial human being. I want to become someone who can give unconditionally without placing even the smallest amount of doubt in the middle of everything, don’t you? 1 John 3:17 "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?"
In this season, in particular, reflect on what you have, what you’ve been blessed with even if in comparison to other’s it’s not a lot. Be thankful for your blessings and for the journey that God has written for you (See 1 Thessalonians 5:16) and take a moment and help someone this season. Make it an ongoing thing. In exchange, you may just find yourself with an overflowing reward.