Day 16: Share what you have

One of my favorite books is called, “We had everything but money.”


It’s a compilation of stories from people who lived through the Great Depression from the editors of Reminisce magazine. Perhaps one of the reasons I love it so much is because my papa (grandfather) was born in 1925 and my mother (grandmother) was born in 1932. This book just gives me such a connection to them by getting a little taste of what the world was like while they were growing up.

As I read the book (cover to cover in only two sittings!) I couldn’t help but notice a theme.

No matter how little people had at the time, if someone else had less, they shared. Generously. Not just with relatives and friends but with everyone. There are stories of strangers coming to the door and asking for a sandwich and a cup of coffee. They got one to eat there and one to take with them for later.

For most people, times are definitely tight. However, let’s take a clue from the past and give generously to those in need. Not only will they be blessed, but we will be, too.

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Proverbs 11:24 (NIV)

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