You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 Common English Bible
The gifts you have to give are valuable and needed. Don’t know who wants what you have to give? Give anyway. Don’t know whose pathway will be brightened by your light? Shine anyway.
Don’t think anyone cares what you have to give? Give anyway.
Sometimes, we don’t give because we worry that we have to give isn’t enough, and we either don’t want to be embarrassed, or we don’t want to lose the little we have. But it’s not about us. We aren’t giving to try to impress people. We give because we can and we give because we must.
We must give?
God, Life itself, is the great Giver, the one Being – who’s name is I AM – and the expression of Life, of the Giver, is you. And me. And all of us. Like a smile is the expression of the existence of happiness, so, we are the expression of the existence of Life.
And to be who we are, we must give without reservation. After all, if Life is the Giver, then we are the given, and therefore the only way we can truly be ourselves is to live by giving.
“Goodness never fails to receive its reward, for goodness makes life a blessing. As an active portion of one stupendous whole, goodness identifies man with universal good.
Goodness and benevolence never tire. They maintain themselves and others and never stop from exhaustion.”
(Mary Baker Eddy, The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p165)
Goodness, and giving freely of your individual expression of goodness – whatever that may be – maintains you and uplifts you and heals you because Life is Good itself.
Don’t worry about whether what you have is good enough, or who could possibly benefit. At every opportunity, in every way, see how you can give.
The more we give, the more we see what we have been given.