When it comes to yummy treats, children often don’t want to share.
When my father was a little boy, he and his brother would almost come to blows when it was time for dessert. There would be loud protests if one brother thought he was getting a smaller slice of pie.
So my grandparents came up with a rule: one brother would cut the pieces, and the other would get to choose his portion first.
The idea behind this arrangement was that if the pieces had been cut unequally by the first brother, the other would take advantage of this and choose the larger slice. So the boy cutting the pieces would want to make sure that they were as close in size as possible.
My dad or his brother would actually use a protractor to cut the pie to ensure that each slice was exactly the same angle. Each was determined not to let his brother get a larger piece!
This is a humorous story, but the attitude it portrays can linger in our thoughts as we become adults.
It can even affect how we view God’s beneficence.
We’re somehow afraid that when God divvies things up, there won’t be enough for us. We think that if God gives someone else certain blessings or gifts, it will mean less is available for us.
But God’s economy doesn’t work this way—it’s not a zero sum game.Read more