February 5, 2013 | 10:02 am
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

The Sharing Impulse

Recently I’ve noticed that our disposition toward sharing is dictated by the circumstances around which we receive something. For example, if we receive something because we believe we earned it or because of merit, we feel entitled to use it for ourselves. Whether it is a hefty bonus or a candy bar, if we earned it, we deserve it!

But notice the change in disposition if we receive something because of “dumb luck”? Whether we receive free tickets to a concert as part of a promotion or find fifty dollars on the ground, we are more apt to share it because it we didn’t do anything to earn it.

In 1 Peter, it reminds us that our abilities and resources are a gift from God: “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” (4:10). If we go through life believing that everything we have and everything we achieve is because of us, then we develop a hoarding mentality--our talents and possessions are to serve our purposes. However, if we see our abilities and resources as a gift from God, we develop a sharing impulse that looks for ways to share our blessings with others. 

We all know that “it is nice to share.” Perhaps we should begin each day thanking God for the good gifts God has given us, and then watch the sharing impulse grow in our midst!