One of my favorite books I was introduced to in high school was “The Prophet,” by Kahlil Gibran. I loved the style and flow of his words and the depth of wisdom in that little book is profound. There are so many nuggets of wisdom you can pull from this book, but today I’m just focusing on one little piece.
“You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.” The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish. Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights is worthy of all else from you. And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream. And what desert greater shall there be, than that which lies in the courage and the confidence, nay the charity of receiving? And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their pride unabashed? See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.”
To often I hear people say that they won’t give to someone because they aren’t sure how that person will spend the funds. Or if it’s something intangible like time, they are afraid to give it to someone who won’t appreciate it, so therefore they won’t give it. The point of giving is to release something of value to another without strings attached. Giving with complete release is fulfilled living. How so? Because you are planting seeds, even if you don’t see it. Will every seed be fruitful? No, but some will. Why take the chance not planting any at all?
Something small to you may be everything to someone else who needs it. A little time listening to someone may be enough to keep them from making an unwise decision. A smile may change another persons day. A simple prayer may be enough to show that you care and shine a glimpse of Gods love on the one receiving it. A kind gesture can replace hard feelings.
God is the ultimate giver. He gave his son, Jesus for each of us that we may live. He gave so that we wouldn’t be held hostage to our sins. He gave because He loved and He loves. He gave to me, although I didn’t deserve it. He gave although I spent that gift wrong for a long time before I realized the greatness of the gift. It took me awhile to understand the value of the gift He gave me. But, He also gave me patience, He gave me mercy, He gave me forgiveness, He gave me blessings. He gave and He gives to me daily. He is my example, if you follow Him, He is yours as well. Don’t hold tight to what you are supposed to release, it is a resounding instrument of who you are. You are a representative to His kingdom.
“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ Matthew 25:44–45