SELL what you have – give to the poor
When I was just out of high school, my dad passed on suddenly, leaving my mom to raise 8 children. To help support the family, I went to school part-time and worked a full-time job and two part-time jobs.
One job was in a small, exclusive women’s clothing store. I usually did accounting, but one Saturday, at the start of the fall coat season, they were short two people on the sales team. Each year there was a contest to see which salesperson could sell the most coats that first Saturday.
I hadn’t had a new winter coat in ages. I was thrilled to see the new lines from each design house, touch the fabrics, and imagine wearing them. By the time the doors opened and our customers began streaming in, I was sold on the beauty and value of each coat. It was easy, then, to sell them to others.
I loved imagining how each customer would look in her perfect style. Peacock blue on a redhead. A red swing coat on a tall mother of teens. I was so excited to share my love for these coats. By the end of the day, I’d won the contest, and was offered an amazing new weekend job that more than doubled what I could give to my family.
Everyone has something of value they’re sold on. So sell it and give to the poor. If you’re sold on the value of gold, go sell that, and give riches to those who need what gold buys. But if what you’ve got in your storehouse is compassion, kindness, tenderness, trust in God, faith in forgiveness . . . then be sold on that.
Let awareness of its value absolute exude from you, and give what you glean from that experience to the poor suffering heart. In this way, we’re all capable of this Radical Act. We’re all “haves“ to someone else’s “have not.”
Kate Robertson, Summer 2012
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