Giving My Best

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“Here you go”…

said my oldest grandson to his younger brother.

He handed him a box of cars.

Sounds sweet, right?

Not so much.

He had previously picked out certain cars to play with as he played with grandpa.

His little brother kept stealing a few cars and dashing out of the room.

I suggested that he go and get his brother another box of the hundreds of matchbox cars that they seem to have collected in the span of just a few years.

(Yes, I might be to blame or at least contributed to the wide collection)

Anyway…we all agreed that I had a good plan and that it might just work.

Until…

He came into the room with the box of the ugliest and least used cars that they own!

These were the cars that a child of 6 months might enjoy, but certainly not a 2 year old!

This is the box that just sits day after day after day.  The playroom has several boxes of nice cars to play with and yet this is the one he chose to give his brother.

Really?

That’s what he decided would please your brother and distract him?

I love them all with all my heart, but trust me when I say he knew exactly what he was doing!

 

My daughter and I burst into laughter when we saw what cars he had chosen.

I think we laugh because we can see ourselves and our own sinful nature in the actions of these young young children.

Do we give our very best or do we reserve the best for ourselves?

Do we give cheerfully or grudgingly?  Are we bothered that we might have to stop what “we” are into at the moment to care for someone else?  Does life get inconvenient?

Oh Lord, forgive me…and help me to see the needs and desires of others more clearly.  Help me to care enough to give to them cheerfully with a loving heart.  Help me to desire to please you and in pleasing you, I can often meet the needs of others too.

There is no end to what God can show us in our day to day if we open our eyes!

He uses even the littlest of children!

 

2 Corinthians 9:7

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

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