Eden’s school participated in Operation Christmas Child this year. She seemed to love the entire process until we were on our way to school the day she was supposed to drop the box off. She had some last minute doubts.
Eden was excited about this for weeks. She picked out everything at the store and included some of her old toys as well. She was excited until she was about to give it all away. On the way she said, “I don’t want to give my toys away.”
After a brief pep talk, everything was good. We talked about how it’s better to give than receive. We talked about how we’d been blessed by God so we want to be a blessing to others. In the end, it was a great thing.
The more I think about it, we all tend to be that way when it comes to giving. It seems to be human nature. We know we should share but when it comes down to it, we’re tempted to hold on tight. “If we give then we’ll have less,” the thinking goes.
One of my friends and co-workers, Corey Harrison, has mentioned this quote from Pope Benedict XVI recently that captures this idea perfectly. Specifically, he was talking about giving our lives to Christ…
“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to Him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us?
“No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great…When we give ourselves to Him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life.”
I relaunched my blog earlier this year with one purpose in mind: to share. It’s what this site is all about. I want to push back against the temptation to hold things with a tight fist. I want to be open handed. This blog is one way I discipline myself to be that way.
So, I have something to share. If you’ll fill out the form below, you’ll receive an email with the manual I use to train our campus ministry leadership team. There will be two documents: one is the student manual and the other is the leader manual. It includes…
- All of the training sessions I use to prepare our leaders to lead a discipleship group
- The circle of prayer resource I’ve written about before
- The shape of life resource from Collegiate Collective
- A spiritual gift inventory from Lifeway
Again, just fill out the form below (this will also add you to my newsletter mailing list; feel free to unsubscribe at any time)…
If this is helpful to you, you might also want to check out my resources page.
You can share, too. In fact, anyone can share. Share what you know. Share what you have. Just share. Resist the temptation to hold what you have tightly. Share.
What do you have that you can share? Please let me know in the comments. I would love for this to become a place where we can share resources![bctt tweet=”Take a minute to check out these free #CampusMinistry resources!”]