“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.” – Psalm 23:5
Tamara never knew her father. He was a first responder to a horrible disaster. Although he saved many lives, he was killed in action. This left her mother alone and pregnant with her first child.
Growing up, Tamara’s family struggled in many different ways. The biggest struggle was financial. Without a second provider, Tamara’s mother couldn’t afford a lot, but she always found a way to give back to those in need.
Once, Tamara watched her mom give money to a homeless man. When she asked why, her mother simply responded, “Because my cup overflows.”
It wasn’t until years later that Tamara realized her mom’s perspective allowed her to give despite her struggles. “She always had this way of looking at life. She was thankful for everything, both the big and the small.”
Tamara says her mom’s generosity has influenced how she thinks about her own money, time, and energy. “It’s hard to give sometimes. It’s not my first instinct. Then I think about my sweet mama, and I find myself repeating those four words: ‘because my cup overflows.’”
Giving back even when you don’t have a lot comes down to perspective. If you view everything as a gift from God, then it’s easier to share your resources with others.
Prayer: God, help me to have a thankful spirit and a willingness to give. I thank You for all the ways my cup overflows, both big and small. In Jesus’ name, Amen.