I Can Share ________

Monday, February 6, 2012

We talked about Jesus feeding the 5,000 in Sunday School yesterday. For the 3 year olds in my class, we focused on how the little boy shared his lunch with Jesus. Jesus took the small thing he shared, and performed a miracle with it. He fed 5,000, and there were even leftovers.

The children colored a picture of a boy handing Jesus a basket with two fish and five loaves of bread. At the bottom of the page, I wrote:

I Can Share _______.

I asked each child, "What can you share?"

They answered:
"My blocks."
"My baby doll."
"My trains."

Precious. I filled in the answers, and presented the sheets to picking-up parents. I went to the grocery store with my family, fed them lunch, rested with the boys, and took Big Guy to a birthday party. It was a "drop-off" party, so after a bit I went just a few doors down to work on this post.

I ordered tea, turned around, and caught the eye of someone I haven't seen in a long time. Someone who wronged a friend of mine, someone who surely knows my take on the situation. I feel bad saying this now, but I'm trying to be honest here. It was one of those, "Oh @#$*" moments. I stirred sugar into my tea and concentrated on it dissolving. I took a deep breath, and thought, "Lord, what do I do here?"

Of course I knew: You go say hello. You get over yourself and you go say hello.

So I did.

It was okay.

I Can Share a smile.
I Can Share a hello.
I Can Share small talk.
I Can Share understanding.
I Can Share eye contact.
I Can Share.

I don't know what God is going to do with the small thing I shared today. It wasn't much - I didn't hand over the whole basket of lunch. I didn't sit down, or say, "How are you doing, really?" My sharing was more like if the boy had pulled one of his five loaves out of his basket and handed that to Jesus. So, I know that God will continue to challenge me in this regard. I will probably see this person over and over again now. I'm going to have to continue to get over myself. Which actually makes me smile and shake my head now that I think about it.

That God. He is always after me. Is he after you?

What can you share?

And on Thursday:


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14 Responses to “I Can Share ________”

  1. Wonderful post Courtney! (and it reminds of Jen's recent SDG post on only needing 20 seconds of courage). I think everything in me would have balked at walking over and striking up conversation too.

    The "What can I share?" question really challenges me - I often look at how "little" I have vs. how much the Lord has given me, but I'm learning to pray through this and give what I have cheerfully.

    Max Lucado wrote a wonderful children's book about this feeding story (because I know you love books :) ). It's called, "A Small Gift in God's Hands."

  2. Terry and Beth PedersonFebruary 6, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Jumped over from Michelle's and after reading your post I pray and know that God will use the small thing you said and did as you stopped stirring your tea! He knows and loves your heart!

  3. Thanks for being so honest. I think we all have those moments and I liked your encouragement about what we can share.

  4. Such a great post! Thank you!

  5. "Get over yourself." Yes.  Yes, I think this is the only way to really conquer pride and break down walls of self-protection.  You did a great job today. I probably would have pretended not to see her...

  6. funny how God always does little things like this.  

    thank you for sharing, 

    hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

  7. Made me smile that you listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and responded outside of yourself. Thanks for being honest. I am sure there isn't a person who cannot relate!

  8. I want to twirl in my living room right now, because this is so full of revelation!  I believe, Lord, help my unbelief.  I will share this little bit I can, help me to share even more.  Love this!  Thanks for coming over to Painting Prose, I hope you will continue to grace us with your words!

  9. Andrea - You have many talents to give. I know that firsthand :) Thanks for the recommendation of Max Lucado's book. I will have to check that out.

  10. Thanks, Megan. Your comment encouraged me.

  11. Jen - I'm sure you would not have walked away. Just like Andrea said (below) - I was reminded of your 20 seconds of courage post :)

  12. Shelly - Comments like yours make it easier for me to be honest. Thank you!

  13. I love this reminder: "I can share..." I struggle to be so open sometimes, and yet it's always important to share His love! Great illustration of that here. Thank you!

  14. Yes, we can share all those things..regardless of circumstance.  Great reminder!