We've been talking lately about generosity in our house and what that really looks like, conversations inspired by a series at church, Living a Generous Life.
And at first, I think we thought we were way more generous than we actually are.
I mean, we give consistently, and we give joyfully
but of our money mostly.
So while we've discovered our palms are largely open with giving our money, we've also come to realize we aren't very generous with our other resources -- the ones that we feel, perhaps, are much more precious.
Namely, for me especially, time.Maybe because time is what seems most fleeting, most like it's constantly slipping through my fingers
As I was working on a visual for church about generosity and giving, I kept going back to that image of the open palms.
A wise mentor once shared that trying to hold onto those fleeting precious treasures is a lot like trying to grab water and bring enough to our lips to quench deep thirst;
it's impossible to do.
But that's not the only thing that clenched fists make impossible.
When we hold too tightly to anything,we also aren't open to receiving renewing fulfillment either -- whatever is poured out can't be caught by tightly bound fists.
And plus. We haven't been given much to keep it all to ourselves.
We've been given much so we can spread the wealth around
with palms open wide and hearts full of thanksgiving.