**Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here.
The dreaded word. The one that so many of us spend our lives trying to hide from, run away from, cover up.
It’s become a dirty word, a scary word, an intimidating one.
So what is it we are so afraid of?
“Sharing is caring.” The childhood mantra that’s repeated to kids in trying to get them to share their toys is full of hidden depth.
Whether it is sharing feelings with our friends, food with the hungry, time with our families, our hopes and fears with those closest to us, our lives with our spouses, our whole being with God. All of these are not just the deepest, most beautiful displays of caring, but they are also our deepest desire.
The Enemy whispers to us that sharing will only get us hurt. It will get us in trouble. It will lessen us in some way. As if giving away means that we lose some part of ourselves.
But the truth is, it is in giving that we truly receive. In sharing that we discover who we are. In loving that we are fulfilled.
This is why we teach our children to share. But it should not be made to seem as a bad thing. No. It is something wonderfully precious.
It is something innately human.
It is something that glorifies God.