All We Have Is Gift

Give and gifts will be given to you…shaken down, and overflowing…Luke 6:38

ITS AN ODD THING in our culture that the most generous among us are so often those with the least.

Maybe they already know that what they have is gift.

They know they’re not entitled to it, so they are willing to cloud this knowledge: The more we have, the more we seem to have a sense of entitlement.

“I’ve worked hard to get where I am” is a sentiment we affluent tend to have, as though working hard were enough.

But each of us who has “made it” has to have had some break, some opportunity that others didn’t have or couldn’t take advantage of for reasons beyond themselves.

No one is truly self-made.

Indeed, we have already been showered with gifts “shaken down, and overflowing.”

I pray all of us can someday see that everything we have is gift and give to others out of the great abundance God promises.

Aileen O’Donoghue

Daniel 9:4-10 Psalm 79:8-9, 11, 13 Luke 6:36-38