He’s bound to throw a typical toddler tantrum
Reference: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” 1 Timothy 6:18 NIV
Explore: We’re currently teaching our two-year old to share. It’s a challenge when everything in the world seems so appealing to him.
If you take something from him, he’s bound to throw a typical toddler tantrum. But he’s more than happy to take what is not his.
It’s truly lovely though when he does share. Giving a toy to another child brings delight to everyone and when he shares his food, no matter how much of his own saliva is dripping off it, it’s hard not to feel special.
Application: While we learn from an early age the importance of sharing we seem to push it to the back of our mind when we grow up. Our society encourages us to get all we can, whether it’s fame, fortune or popularity.
But God, through the Apostle Paul, reminds us to do good, give and share. There’s a whole lot of selflessness in those three instructions.
Our sharing doesn’t benefit God, it blesses the recipient as well as us. We learn, just as our toddler is learning, to live in such a way that brings joy and love.
Prayer: Lord, You bless us every day with Your generosity and giving nature. May we reflect Your love to others. Amen.
How well are you sharing?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.