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Dogfood Generosity

      Dusty, our golden retriever, has two favorite times of day—breakfast and dinner.  That’s all that he gets.  The vet says it will keep him trim, and so far that is the case.

 

      In those two times of the day, Dusty devours his food.  We’ve timed it—less than 30 seconds.  But there’s a twist.  Every now and then, instead of filling his bowl, we’ll put the entire bucket of dog food out—all 20 pounds of it. 

 

     Now if you’ve seen Marley and Me, you’ve witnessed the insatiable hunger of a big dog.  They can demolish an entire bag of dog food with nothing more than a good burp at the end.   But not Dusty. 

 

     When we put the entire bucket of dog food before Dusty, he stops, he walks around it, and he lays down.  He whines.  He’s puzzled.  He’s waiting for his portion—a small dog bowl portion.  He won’t eat from the bucket.  Even though he could satisfy himself to his stomach’s end, he stops.

 

     He’s conditioned himself to accept just a little and even when the riches of dog food heaven are offered to him, he refuses.  Alas, it occurred to me how much like Dusty we all tend to be.

 

     We are conditioned to receiving little.  We consider little of the riches of God and the depths and wonders of His mysteries and grace.  We are quick to devour our little nuggets and think that is enough, yet our gracious God is waiting with an entire bucket, yea entire buckets. 

 

     When we learn to accept the greatness and graciousness of God and His great provision, then perhaps we might learn to be generous ourselves.  Indeed, how little we offer others because we see ourselves as impoverished when in fact we are indeed blessed with buckets and buckets.

 

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the National Christian Foundation Heartland. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: www.givingitallawaybook.com. » Learn More

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