“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill
A couple of weeks ago my pastor, Steve Dixon, spoke on generosity and referenced the ancient practice of wealthy landowners to leave the corners of their wheat fields unharvested for the poor. In fact, the Holiness Code of the Torah also instructs farmers to leave some grapes ungathered in their vineyards and to only beat the olive trees once and leave olives for the poor.
At the end of Steve’s message he made a statement that impacted my very soul. He said, “It isn’t important how big your field is, what really matters are how big are your corners?”
We may look at our income, our small homes, our old cars, and think that we really have nothing to offer. But all fields have corners. In these hard economic times we may feel we cannot squeeze out another dime for charity.
Good news! Generosity isn’t limited to money! I love this quote from Buddha: “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
There are always opportunities around us to be generous. Every time we freely and cheerfully give our time, attention, and money, it is an expression of love and gratitude for what we have. It not only helps those in need, but it also brings health to our souls. And the smallest things to us may be a miracle to others.
This week, live your life aware of those around you. Do you need to buy someone lunch and listen to them? Do you need to speak kindly to a child or perhaps spend some special time with him or her? If the corner of your field only amounts to $20.00, don’t feel it cannot make a difference because it can. Those who are homeless have said that what they need the most are socks, underwear, and toiletry items.
Be the candle that lights a thousand others.