Funny, I was reading my devotions yesterday and I found it related to what many of my clients face. I wanted to share the story, with all credit given to writer Carol Kuykendall (Guideposts, April 2, 2016) –
“I needed clothes and you clothed me…..” – Matthew 25:36
“Not that one!” my husband said as I pulled a well-worn, down filled blue parka out of the hallway closet. We were trying to decide which of our many coats to give to the church clothing drive for the homeless in our community. “Each of our kids has worn it to feed the horses in thirty-below weather!” he told me, as if I didn’t remember. Our closet is not a museum,” I answered, not admitting that’s what I’d been telling myself as I went through my own closet. The fact is I, too, felt sad at the thought of giving away “Big Blue.” You know you’re in trouble when a coat has a name!
“I’ll take a picture of it and send it to the kids to see if anyone wants it,” I decided. First, our daughter Lindsay answered quickly. “You can’t give away Big Blue!” This is what her sister Kendall said: “No way! Big Blue is better tucked away in the back of your closet than keeping someone else warm. Just kidding! A little sad to part with it, but it has served us well and now can serve others.”
So I cleaned up the coat and added it to our giveaway pile.
Lord, you have so richly blessed us. May we bless others with what You’ve given us.