Daily Dose, March 26 — Going Deeper

…Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. (Luke 6:38)

I remember when the kids were little and I told them they could have a handful of something -- popcorn, crackers or M&Ms. They would stretch out their little hands to be as big as possible and fit as much as possible.

When I pour my first cup of coffee, I pour ‘til it hits the top rim of the cup. I want as much as possible.

When we are on the receiving end, we want a “good measure.” Question is, when we are the one giving, do we give a good measure? Do we look for ways to be as giving as possible? Are we as generous as possible?

Way back when, when the grain would be measured out, a good steward would take their cup to measure and fill it up, tapping it so all the space would be full -- even pressing it down to fit even more. That was a generous, giving steward.

Jesus calls us to that kind of extravagant generosity. He urges us to give and give some more. Give of your time, give of your hearts, give of your resources. Give, and then dig down and give more.

“…The measure you give will be the measure you get back.” We are often like children holding their hands wide open for goodies to be poured in. Jesus wants us to focus also on the opportunities that arise where we can be the ones to give and, when we do give, to give generously and gladly. -- Rev. Terri Henkel