Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.Matthew 5:42
Usually when I have read this verse from Matthew, I have thought it meant giving money or food or some other material item—things I have been known to share without complaint. Recently, though, I realized that I am incredibly stingy—and it has nothing to do with riches. I have been blessed with the gift of time, but I rarely use that gift for anyone else’s benefit. I fill up my days with selfish (not bad in any way, but still self-related) activities, and if someone asks me to do something with them, I invariably say, “No, I’m busy.”
Last week, I asked someone to share a bit of their time with me, to listen to my problems. That person said, “Okay.” But not enthusiastically (which was understandable, but at the time, still a little frustrating and sad). I said never mind, but it stuck in my head.
Upon reflection, I realized that person had done the same thing I do when people ask me for my time. It opened my eyes to my selfishness. Thankfully, within a few hours, I had an opportunity to do better. Another friend asked me to call and help with a family problem; if nothing else, sharing that hour of my time showed I cared.
As God is the one who sustains my life, every minute belongs to Him; therefore giving time to someone in need is a small attempt to repay my Creator.