You may recognize this quote by Anne Frank.
My husband and I can testify to this truth when it comes to our finances. We’ve always given to others through tithes and offerings and missionary support. And even when it seems we’ve had little to give, we’ve always had enough to keep giving.
But lately this quote has been rolling around my mind not in regards to finances, but motherhood.
Between my toddler-chasing and baby-rocking and home-keeping and writing and ministry commitments my hands are absolutely full. I mentor a few young women, I answer a ton of emails, I teach, I volunteer, I participate in moms groups… The list goes on.
Just like you, I givegivegive.
There’s nothing “special” about my giving. I give because I’m a mother and that’s what we do.
And although I know it’s a part of the package, it can be draining, overwhelming, and disheartening when I feel like there is no balance to the giving and receiving.
Some days I want to give up all the giving!
But then the Giver whispers in my ear: You will never run out if you draw from the Source. Receive me as you give to them.
It’s true that you need to be filled up in order to pour out.
But it’s also true that you need to pour out in order to be filled.
Jesus said that it’s better to give than to receive.
He modeled that when he broke bread with tax collectors and extended kindness to prostitutes. He gave to them with no expectation of gaining something back. (Jesus didn’t do trades.)
The incredible thing is that when he gave himself to them, they gave themselves back to him.
Even his death – the ultimate act of giving – was to pave the way for him to receive us.
In his giving, he received.
And in my giving as a mother, I receive too. It’s just that sometimes I let thoughts of the sacrifice get in the way of understanding the reward.
You can’t get poor from giving.
Take heart mamas, you are receiving as you give. Maybe, like me, you just need to be reminded to remember.
Dear friends, do you ever get tired of giving? How do you remind yourself to remember?