Yesterday was Harry’s 3rd Birthday. We decided to let him pick out a Costco cake. For one, it’s fun to get to pick out a cake at the store. For two, we get a big huge chocolate cake. And it’s huge. I don’t know what the technical definition is, but for our purposes we’ll just call it abundant sized. It wasn’t just a cake to meet the “needs” of celebrating a birthday, it was big enough to feed a family of 6 for a week. It’s a big cake. Much bigger than we needed.
We are all in different places in our journeys. Some of us are much further down the road than others. Some have way more than others while some feel as though they struggle day to day.
Even those among us who don’t have a lot, have much more than most of the rest of the world. If we eat and sleep indoors, we’re among the richest people in the world. If you have extra food in your house of any kind, you are living an abundant lifestyle.
Our problems are among the likes of deciding amongst our abundance what we will eat for dinner, what temperature the heat will be set at, what we will do for fun this week and how much we should spend on that date. Even in times of biggest need, we still have resources that most in the world don’t. If we don’t have money for food, we have a place to turn.
While we live a fairly abundant life, do we live with an equal amount of generosity? I think if we had a proper perspective on the abundance we live in, we would be way more generous. We have to understand that God could have chosen for us to be born in a part of the world that has much less that we do. But for some reason, He allowed us to be in this place at this time.
Do you think it’s because He wanted us to have a lot of stuff, or because He wanted us to use what He’s given to us to help those in need? I hope that we will see just how abundant we all really live and then give more away.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
– John Holmes