Friday, January 06, 2012

Sharing

Friends of ours have almost all of their 4 kids grown up.  Their oldest son is also a Micah, so we have always called him "Big Micah" to differentiate from our Micah.  Although our Micah certainly isn't little anymore, he still loves Big Micah as much as he always has.  :)  Mitch was at their house on Wednesday night and came home with a bag of children's sunglasses.  Pretty much a bag of treasure in our house.  This was the conversation this morning:

Malachi:  Mom, do we get to keep these glasses?
Me:  Yes, those our ours to keep.
Malachi [holding one specific pair of glasses]:  I want these to be mine.
Me [in an upbeat voice, trying to encourage him positively]:  They are for our whole family to share.
Malachi:  Good, I will share.  These are mine.


It's easy to laugh when it's a 4-year-old.  But adults aren't any better, you know.  David wrote in Psalm 24:1,
"The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,
   the world and those who dwell therein"
Yet we don't really think about things being God's.  It's more like, this is MY stuff, MY house, MY car, MY money, MY job, MY children, and so on.  Sure, I'll share, give some of MY money to missions.  It goes another way, too.  I've always disliked fundraising.  I don't want to ask you to give YOUR money, YOUR time, YOUR resources for MY cause.  This is messed up!

A missionary friend told me recently (when I was up against the thought of fundraising), "God's economy is not our economy."  She holds a better perspective of Psalm 24:1 than I did.  I challenge you to change the way you think about the blessings you have been given.  Shake it up a little.  Give in faith, and ask in faith.  If you need some help with this, Managing God's Money by Randy Alcorn is a good place to start.

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