An interesting thing happened on my way to class the other day…. For a limited time McDonalds was offering free coffee during breakfast hours. I’m a pushover for free stuff, so I thought I would buzz through the drive-thru and pick up a cup. I asked for a free decaf with two creams, but when I got to the pick-up window, awaiting me were three cups of coffee….three free coffees! Clearly misunderstood, I didn’t want to further the confusion by trying to explain, so I thankfully took the tray and headed for school, praying I could find someone to give them to before they got cold (I’m also a pushover for not letting anything go to waste).
As I got out of my car, somewhat loaded down with one very large bag, my purse, and a tray of three coffees, one of my former students spotted me. He hopped out of his truck and asked if he could help me. Immediately, I said, “Yes, would you like some coffee?” Not only did he welcome my offer, but a friend riding with him took the other cup. They stopped to bless me, but in turn they were blessed with the coffee and I was blessed in being able to give.
Kingdom Economics 101: The greatest blessings come in being a blessing.
The fuel of love is giving. Every time we pour out to another, our tank fills right back up. Only when we buy into the false thinking we have nothing to give does our fuel supply start to wane. If we believe we have nothing, the only entity that increases is our emptiness.
Remember the widow at Zarephath (1 Kings 17). There had been no rain in years. People were starving, including this desperate mother. When Elijah met her, he asked for a piece of bread. She explained that all she had left was a handful of flour and a little oil. Nothing to give to this stranger. But Elijah promised if she gave what little she had, the Lord would sustain her through the drought. She gave everything. God gave more.
So don’t ever think you have nothing to give. God made you to be a giver. Get out there and look for opportunities to fill up your tank.