There are three kinds of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb. Which kind are you?
To get anything from the flint, you must hammer it. Yet, all you generally get are chips and sparks. The flint gives nothing away if it can help it, and even then only with a great display.
To get anything from the sponge, you must squeeze it. It readily yields to pressure, and the more it is pressed, the more it gives. Still, you must push.
To get anything from the honeycomb, however, you must only take what freely flows from it. It gives its sweetness generously, dripping on all without pressure, without begging or badgering:
Note, too, that there is another difference in the honeycomb. It is a renewable resource. Unlike the flint or sponge, the honeycomb is connected to life; it is the product of the ongoing work and creative energy of bees.
If you are a “honeycomb giver,” your life will be continually replenished as you give. And, as long as you are connected to the Source of all life, you can never run dry. When you give freely, you will receive in like manner, so that whatever you give away will soon be multiplied back to you.
—God’s Little Lessons for Teens, page 83
Luke 6:30 – Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.
Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
2 Corinthians 9:7 – So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock