"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38 NIV)
Have you ever poured your heart out to someone only to be left drowning? Have you poured your life out in service to someone only to be washed away in the river of their selfishness? Have you poured yourself into your work, your children, your relationship, only to find yourself floating on a sea of despair? And after it all are you still able to pour? Or has the fountain of your heart grown dry, until now it is only a rivulet?
We were made to give; to pour freely like a glorious waterfall. But in the pouring there is a price to pay. You see, giving, real giving, always holds within it a level of sacrifice. If I give you my time, my talent, my treasure, I am sacrificing the things that I am giving. I am laying those things down so that others will benefit from them. I pour out so that what and who I am may pour in, pour through, and pour over those around me.
What happens when water is poured onto very dry ground? It is immediately absorbed beneath the surface in anticipation of more water. What happens when water is poured on already well saturated ground? It is not able to be absorbed, and remains on the surface threatening to drown everything in its path. What happens when water is poured onto normal ground? It does exactly what it was designed to do; it nourishes, replenishes, and gives life to all that it touches.
Christ, the living water, came and poured Himself out in sacrifice upon the very dry ground of our very dry hearts...He poured and He poured and He poured until the ground of our hearts was over saturated and we drown in the depths of His love for us; and in the process we then became good ground that He flows freely in and through to nourish, replenish, and give life to not only us, but to everything and everyone we come into contact with. He paid the price of pouring out, ...with His life.
So if you have poured out, if you have sacrificed and given and have received nothing in return...don't stop pouring, don't stop giving, don't close the fountain of your heart...you may not see it, but your pouring is not going unnoticed. He sees you. Let Him be the fountain of your strength, the waterfall of your walk, the river of your restoration.
Give. Pour. Sacrifice. Surrender.
Life is too short to not enjoy every beautiful, awful, scary, amazing, sorrowful, ecstatic, lovely, horrendous, crazy, wonderful second of it all....
It's a breath, this life, inhale all of the tender, loving, beauty this moment has to offer--even if this moment is hard and your breath seems shallow--you are still breathing.
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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