When that front door swung wide open,
she flung her diamond ring,
and said give it away, just give it away!
And I said, now honey,
don't you even want your half of everything? She said give it away, just give it away!
Just give it away! There ain't nothing
in this house worth fightin' over.
Oh, we're both tired of fightin' anyway. Just give it away!
So, I'm still right here where she left me, along with all the other things
that she don't care about anymore.
I've got a furnished house,
A diamond ring,
And a lonely, broken heart full of love. And I can't even give it away!!!
While I would never wish separation and/or a divorce and its ugly consequences upon anyone, I am intrigued by the words to this song. It strikes me that a great many people spend much of their lives consumed with a quest for material things. And yet, life has a way of putting us into situations wherein we quickly discover that the accumulation of material things is a vain pursuit.
I suppose that is why I was so impressed with the ending of a recent episode of “Wheel of Fortune”. As we both like puzzles, my wife and I try to catch this program whenever we can.
I have noticed as of late that many times, at the end of the program, a short segment will be devoted to a previous contestant who was on the show and won a great deal of money, a trip, or in one case, even a house.
But on this particular episode, a man was profiled who had won $145,000 and actually chosen to give it all away! Every single penny of it!
In the segment, he stated that he had already agreed with his wife that if he got on the show and won a great deal of money, he would do just that. He further stated that when he solved the puzzle at the end of the show and won so much of the cash, even as the confetti was falling, he was already deciding where the money was going to go.
That turned out to be an equal division between a local free medical clinic and a local food bank, both of which he was already supporting with his money and his time. Pat Sajak and Vanna White concluded the segment by talking about what a wonderful thing this man had done.
I’ve never been on a game show; but I have learned that learning to be a giver is a blessing all by itself. And nowhere is this truer than when it comes to honoring God in giving. One simply cannot out give the Lord! Which is fine, of course, until one remembers that it is the Lord Who tells us that “to whom much has been given, much will be required”!
Has God been good to you? Then remember, my friend, He may well just have done so for the express purpose that you could, in turn, be good to someone else!
Given this, why not learn the fine art of giving some things away?! If you do, you might just be surprised at what a blessing it turns out to be – not just for the person or persons you bless, but also for yourself as God takes note!
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