When Charis came home from school, she wanted a snack. I reminded her of the popcorn in the cabinet which produced a squeal of glee from my eleven-year-old. “I didn’t know you had this!” she called from the kitchen.
“Yep, just for you, my sweet,” I called back.
A delicious scent filled the house. She plopped her books and freshly popped snack on the table and began to study and munch. I sat down with her to catch up on her day. I reached over to grab a few kernels and she looked at me with shock and pulled the bag away.
I reached again. She pulled it away again.
I laughed out loud. Then I formally asked, “May I have some of your popcorn?”
Again shock, followed by a little whine, “But mom, this is my popcorn.”
Trying to play along, I said, “and just where did you get that popcorn?”
She crammed more popcorn in her mouth. “The store.”
“Oh I see,” I said, “and who paid for that popcorn?”
“But it’s mi-i-i-ne,” she said half laughing, half serious.
“Girl, give me some of that popcorn. Everything you have you got from me.”
Again she pulled the bag away so I tickled her and tried to grab it out of her hands.
“This must be how God feels.” I said. “He gives us everything we have. He asks us to share some with Him and we holler, ‘but it’s mine.’ ”
And there it was. She and I both heard it. I paused to let it to sink in both our hearts.
Charis handed the bag over, and we both had a laugh and talked with our mouths full of popcorn. But I kept coming back to that thought.
Everything I have comes from the Father. Every. Thing.
Is my posture quick to share when He asks? Is my heart quick to give back to Him ?
Or do I defend, or hoard, or protect, and argue that “this is mine?”
I am talking about every thing in my life. Money, skill, creativity, time, family, comfort, stuff, wisdom, laughter, joy, friendship.
It is all His. Given by Him for our enjoyment, for our good. He has all kinds of surprises for us. Our job?
Say thank you. And share.
Okay that’s all today. Just do a heart check. Are you really grasping that the breath you just took to read this was a gift? We are all so rich is so many ways. So pass the popcorn— without whining.
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17