I witnessed something over my lunch break recently – my two boys were, well… being boys (side note: did you know that you can interchange the word “boy” for “refining ball of blur” (I love my boys – no sarcasm in that statement)). As I watched my boys being boys… with all the energy and loudness that they carried with them from room to room… my wife and I (transparent moment here) were frustrated. I did something in that moment that in hind-sight was not the wisest decision, I gave them both a rope of licorice / sugar. They were thrilled [insert more noise here]. My objective was successful… they quieted down while they enjoyed their father’s gift and my wife and I finished our conversation. A few moments later, my oldest son (5 yrs) walked up to Mom and broke off a piece of his licorice and gave her a small chunk… [20 seconds pass]… middle son (2.5 yrs) walks up to Mom and with extreme effort, tears off a piece of his licorice and hands her a larger chuck. The “licorice events”, if you will, were all unsolicited from each party involved.
My lesson:Is my offering to God contagious enough for others [my brothers and sisters] to be stirred to do what it takes to do the same (give a costly offering). I’m not at all advocating an attitude of ‘giving so that others see you’ as Jesus frowns upon. I’m simply drawing attention to the fact when we / I give with the right attitude it will stir others to do the same (or maybe more).