This is my constant companion Cinnamon.
She is a sweetheart who fills my life with joy. I enjoy loving on her and giving her treats even though she doesn’t always immediately eat them. One day I was spending some quiet time with the Lord. As usual Cinnamon was lying close by with 4 or 5 treats laying around her. I guess she was saving them in case I suddenly stopped being generous.
When I finished my quiet time I rose to go into the other room. As I walked away I noticed that Cinnamon was desperately trying to stuff ALL her treats into her little mouth while keeping one eye on me. She wanted to be where I was but didn’t want to leave her stash.
As I reflected on Cinnamon’s selfishness, I was convicted of my own actions.
God has given me so many “treats.” Gifts that He wants me to use as I serve in His kingdom; blessings He wants me to share with others on this life journey. But sometimes I think that, like Cinnamon, I am afraid to use them because I might not get any more. Or I don’t want others to enjoy my bounty because, of course, it’s all about me and my needs. What a sad commentary on life.
I found a picture of another animal who seems to be afraid of losing his treasures.
Is that what I look like when I guard my gifts?
Wow! I’m not just talking about food or clothes or any other material thing. I’m talking about love, mercy, grace. I’m talking about a smile, an encouraging word, a helping hand. These are the true blessings that come from God. These are the possessions He commands us to share with a hurting world. The question is am I willing to share or am I like Cinnamon, afraid that someone may take my treats and leave me with nothing? I pray that I will loosen my grasp and sow seeds of faith, hope, and love.