Hidden Nugget Series #10 – “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Too often my thoughts degenerate into believing that only quantity has value. In other words, I mistakenly believe that when giving, it needs to be done in great amounts. While there are times and places to give generously, perhaps even exorbitantly, I’m convinced that isn’t the norm.
Last week I’m seated one evening at our downstairs computer pounding out another Luke1428 blog post. I’m on a roll as each sentence is coming quickly. (Oh if it were only this easy to write every blog post.) Then half-way through my glorious blog-writing experience, disaster struck.
My 10-year old son peeks around the corner and asks me to throw the football with him.
Ugh. Major cognitive dilemma.
Do I go play with him and risk losing my train of thought? (It’s incredible frustrating to have a writing groove interrupted.) Or do I simply tell him “Sorry bud, daddy is working and can’t play right now?”
What would you do?
On this occasion, I chose the “Sorry bud” route. Undeterred to find a partner, he went and asked Mrs. Luke1428 to throw with him – which she of course did. Major points for momma!
Next night, same scenario happens. Except this time he doesn’t ask me…just wanders into the room, football in hand. Sensing I’m in danger of becoming that “neglectful parent who raises an angry and bitter son because his workaholic father was NEVER there for him…” (hyperbole duly noted)…I dropped my writing and motioned him out the backdoor. He sprints to the driveway and we spend 10 minutes before darkness falls throwing the football.
We both had a blast even though our throwing session lasted only 10 minutes.
I’m constantly being reminded about what Jesus said in Matthew 10:42 about the nature of giving. He stated that something as simple as a cup of cold water, given to a child would produce a blessing. I interpret that to mean even a small amount of time, money or effort, given to someone in need, can yield big results.
Sure, there will be marathon bonding sessions, times when I spend the whole day with my kids. Those build up loads of relationship capital. But so do the 10-minute sprints. Truth be told, I probably have more of those to offer anyway so I should take advantage of them.
Don’t be fooled into believing that giving only matters when done in abundance. Many times, it’s the simple, small ways we give that bring the biggest return.
How have you given to others in small ways? What’s a fun, minor thing your kids love doing with you?
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