Openhandedness

Sara and I are reading together the book I recommended last month, As Is: Unearthing Common Place Glory is a new book by a first-time author, Krista Finch. We are enjoying it and the conversations that follow.

We were really touched by the one we read a few days ago. In the chapter called, “Garage Sale Giving”, Krista tells the story of an eight-year-old boy who came up to her at her garage sale and wanted to buy a set of dishes. He gave her $10.00 and lifted the heavy stoneware plates. After she got his change he carried them down the street. Moments later a lady burst from a car shouting, “Can you believe it! He just gave these (dishes) to me for Mother’s Day,” shaking her head in awe. “With his own money he saved up. Can you believe that?”

Here’s how Krista ends that story:

Can you believe it? I asked myself again after the masses made their exodus from my makeshift shop of trinkets. As I packed up the unsold items, I smiled. Openhandedness is an unlikely find, I thought. Especially in a world where acquisition and ambition, self and comfort are the goals. Cheerful and unlimited giving is an unlikely find, except in the heart of a child.

And those who dare to be like them.

I’ve known moments living alongside people who function with great generosity for each other, and I’ve known seasons where the people I’m around are grabbing for themselves whatever the can grab. I much prefer the openhanded crowd and want to live there myself.

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  1. Joyce July 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Wow….what an inspiring snip-it of what sounds to me like a wonderful book…will definitely have to get it. It just reminded me of the awesome forfilling joy of simple kindness….
    Thanks Wayne and Sarah for sharing….

  2. Joyce July 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Wow….what an inspiring snip-it of what sounds to me like a wonderful book…will definitely have to get it. It just reminded me of the awesome forfilling joy of simple kindness….
    Thanks Wayne and Sarah for sharing….

  3. norma j hill July 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Yes, indeed – I too prefer the open-handed crowd. I have been so privileged to be part of a street church where most people have nothing or very little, and yet so often their generosity and open-handedness has amazed me … (you can read about them here if you like).

  4. Sue July 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Jenny, your smile blesses me so! Thank you for sharing your story. I heard someone say once about a mother who got up to speak at her son’s funeral “I could never do that, and I have no idea how she can do it!”……….A very wise person said to this lady “Grace is given according to the need”……..and miss Jenny, you have been given grace without measure. I pray our Father’s complete healing and blessing over your sweet life.
    Love,
    Sue

  5. norma j hill July 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Yes, indeed – I too prefer the open-handed crowd. I have been so privileged to be part of a street church where most people have nothing or very little, and yet so often their generosity and open-handedness has amazed me … (you can read about them here if you like).

  6. Sue July 27, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Jenny, your smile blesses me so! Thank you for sharing your story. I heard someone say once about a mother who got up to speak at her son’s funeral “I could never do that, and I have no idea how she can do it!”……….A very wise person said to this lady “Grace is given according to the need”……..and miss Jenny, you have been given grace without measure. I pray our Father’s complete healing and blessing over your sweet life.
    Love,
    Sue

  7. Kelly July 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    “I much prefer the openhanded crowd and want to live there myself.”

    yes

  8. Kelly July 27, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    “I much prefer the openhanded crowd and want to live there myself.”

    yes

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