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Sunday, April 10, 2011

In This Together

"But David said, 'No, my brothers!  Don't be selfish with what the LORD has given us.  He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the enemy.  Do you think anyone will listen to you when you talk like this?  We share and share alike - those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment'" (1 Samuel 30:23-24).

This had been quite a few days for David and his men.  Their camp had been raided, their valuables confiscated, and their wives and children kidnapped. As David led the men, with some help from a captive of the raiding party, some of his men, who were exhausted, remained behind to guard the equipment.  The campaign was a success.  David and his men fought valiantly and victoriously from dusk until evening the next day and, with few exceptions, allowed no one to get away and took no prisoners.  They recovered all that was taken, including their wives and children.  Some of his men complained and moved that they share all that was recovered only with those that were there fighting, excluding those that stayed behind.  David denied such a request.

It's so easy to be selfish.  Selfishness is on our blood - it's in our nature.  It's so easy to compare ourselves with other people and to expect that we deserve more than they.  Be aware of yourself the next time you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and head over to the dessert section.  It's amazing how we usually end up looking for the biggest piece, not even thinking about anyone else, including those standing behind us in the line.

Selfishness is contrary to the love and generosity that Jesus modeled.  We were put here with others...to help others and to be helped by others.  We were not added to the population of the world in order to fight it out for "top dog"status.  We are in this together.  Some of us may do things that get more attention, but we can never discount the value of other people.  We are in this together.  It's not about titles, positions, quantity, and popularity.  It's about how we can most like Jesus.

How is your heart?  How is your ability to share?  Forgive?  Encourage?  Love?  Come along side?  When it all comes to down to it, not one of us, by ourselves, are really that important.  It takes us all.  Think about it.  The president of the United States, considered the most powerful, important person in our nation, and to many, in the world.  But no president of the United States exists without the millions of others that stood and stand with him.  To discount them would mean...well...unemployment!  The point - we need each other.  Allow God to show you how to let generosity, ridiculous and hilarious generosity be one of the noticeable trademarks of your life!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Generosity was one of the chief legacies of my mother's life. She had a generous heart with everyone. But she did have to plan and work at being generous. She took time to send a card with money in it to someone who needed it. She had to notice someone in a restaurant and pay their bill. She had to go to the bank and make sure she had $20 bills to pass around to the family. Generosity doesn't just happen naturally...it is INTENTIONAL. So let's be intentionally generous! Ann P.