Out of the Overflow


You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

- Psalm 23:5

I asked our youth group once: “What does it mean to give out of the overflow that God has given to us?”

Their answer was so simple: “If I have two warm jerseys in my closet and my friend has none, then I should give him one.”

We tend to believe that overflow means we should have a whole closet full of warm jerseys before we can bless someone with one of our jerseys. But these kids made it very clear to me that day; if I have two of something it means that I have overflow.

I have also learned that abundant living or living out of overflow is a mindset. I can choose to be grateful for the talents and blessings that God has bestowed upon me and bless others with them, or I can become so obsessed with what I don’t have or what someone else has that I miss out on enjoying life in abundance.

My mother-in-law is such a great example of what living out of overflow should look like. She gets by on very little. Yet, when someone needs a ride, she is there to help. Her car is old, but she is ever willing. She offers her time by helping at bingo days and community events. She even shares her food with those less fortunate.

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” - John 10:10

In the New King James Version it says: I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Choose to have a rich and satisfying life today. Your cup is already overflowing with blessings. Chances are that life has blinded you to the extent that you no longer notice your gifts and blessings.

You know what else steals, kills, and destroys our joy? All the time we waste having to sort, clean and look after all the “stuff” we accumulate!

Giving out of overflow goes beyond the physical. If God granted me the opportunity to acquire a certain skill, or if I’m good at math or filing my tax returns that is something that I can share with my community. If I know my way around social media, I can help someone that is trying to market her new business venture.

“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” - Acts 20:35

Reflection

1. What talents do you possess that you can share with your community?

2. What can you share with someone today? A friendly word or a cup of coffee can go a long way; sometimes the big gifts are hidden in small gestures.

Prayer

Lord we want to thank You for the gifts and blessings that You bestow upon us. Please help us to change our mindsets and to actively look for opportunities to share those gifts with people in our communities.

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