17 Aug Are You a Pond, or a River?
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ “
John 7:38 (NASB)
Are you a pond, or a river? In other words, do you hoard your blessings or do you pour out what God pours in? If you have read some of my past posts you know that I am a believer in sowing into people and relationships. I wasn’t always this way. In my past, I was very selfish. I only cared about me, myself and I. I was a “pond”.
When I say that I was a pond, I mean that I was stagnant and allowed toxic things to grow and fester in my life. If anything was pouring in or out, it was merely a trickle. I felt I had all that I needed and didn’t care to give it away. There was barely any flow in my life. I think many of us can relate, especially with the understanding that when we are young it’s very easy to fall into a selfish state of mind. But, what happens when we carry this attitude into our adulthood? What happens when we carry it into our family, marriage and jobs?
When I was a kid, I remember going to this one lake in Pennsylvania. It is a man-made lake and was the spot to go to in the summer-time. As I got older, I remember stories of the lake actually shutting down for weeks at a time due to the amount of harmful bacteria levels in the lake and sand. This is how I feel my life and spirit was like.
Thank God for His grace and mercy over my life. We read in the Bible that rivers are used as an example of life; and even everlasting life. There was a point in my life where I got tired of hoarding all God had given me. In 2014, I began to rethink how I managed the many blessings God had given me. I needed to be a river. I started to say, “If I want to keep it, I have to give it away”. In other words, if I pour out, God will pour in. It’s just something I say to remind myself to bless in the over-flow and even when I don’t have.
I love the attributes of a river. Rivers are always moving. They’re connected to other rivers and pour out to other bodies of water. Rivers filter themselves through rocks and so much more. This is what I needed my life to be. I began connecting to other “rivers”. I began filtering out the things that did not belong. I began to bless others even when I didn’t have. To this day, God continues to show Himself strong in all aspects of our lives, and I will never go back to how I used to be.
Today, I encourage you to let go of those things that are holding back what God wants to pour in. Allow God to pour in your life and pour it out. Bless someone today. Pay for someone’s groceries. Pay for the car behind you at a toll booth. Can I even encourage you to do it anonymously? No one needs to know, because your blessings will come from a greater Source. Don’t do it for accolades or recognition. Do it because it’s the heart of God. Be a river!