One thing about working at a radio station, you always have a prize closet you can pull things out of. In all my years in radio, there’s been a never-ending supply of things to give away: CD’s, books, tickets to concerts, shows, theme parks, special events…there’s just always something to give away.
I love it when you give something away that someone truly appreciates. A few weeks ago we gave away tickets for a concert at
Often when I give away something I’ll say this, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, I give unto thee.”
Think of that phrase, “Such as I have.” For you, what falls into that category? What have you been blessed with?
Now how can you give it away? “Such as I have, I give unto thee.”
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Maybe you’re like me. I’ve always been in that “silver and gold have I none” category. But we are all in the “such as I have” category. We all have something to give.
I got an e-mail yesterday from a woman who truly inspired me. She is like most of us, working down here in the trenches of the middle class. No silver or gold, so what does she have to give?
She told me how the other day she spent a couple of hours praying for people. Then she said she felt like God gave her specific words of encouragement for certain people. She went so far as to actually write down those encouraging words on cards, and delivered them.
What a neat thing to give! First of all, to spend all that time in prayer. Then to actually step out on faith, write it down and deliver it - all in order to give some encouragement. I love that story!
I remember one day someone went out of their way to give me a little booklet, five dollars worth of McDonald’s gift certificates. Such a tiny gift, really. But it meant a lot that they even thought of me. What a beautiful gift!
A while back we received a letter from a relative, with a nice check in it. Apparently he had been given some money, and he decided to pass it on to others. He could have kept it, or saved it, or invested it, or bought some new clothes or a new TV or whatever. But instead, he took what he had received, and gave it away!
I have always loved photography. Over the years I have taken pictures at various weddings and events, but I have never charged a dime. For me, an interest and ability to take pictures falls in the category of “such as I have.” It’s not my profession. It’s just something I can do, so I give it away.
I remember as a child my mom baking cookies for old folks and giving them away. When my daughters were small, my mom used her sewing abilities to take fancy prom dresses from thrift stores, and somehow shrink them down into little frilly dress-up play clothes for my girls. She took what she had, her sewing skill, and gave it away.
I say all this to inspire you today. Look around. What have you been blessed with? Money? Time? Talent? Well such as you have, give it away!
Like Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”