By William Singleton
In our last blog post, we talked about giving back. As a follow up, I think it might be helpful now to briefly discuss how we stay filled up so we always have something to give.
“I know I’m filled to be emptied again, the seed I receive I will sow.” These are the lyrics to I song I heard recently, and I continue to be convicted by the truth in them. The premise being that we are at our best when we are giving. But if we are constantly giving, do we at some point run out with nothing left to give? Can’t have that, - if I am empty I can’t give you anything. If I see all that I have as a limited resource that is too precious to part with, I may be extremely reserved on how I give it away. I will fear that what I put out might be too hard to get back, or that the person I give to may not appropriately use what I give them.
How are we filled? I believe we are filled most literally by our desire to learn, to be open to knowledge, always building on what we already know, and generously sharing what we have learned or experienced. It creates a flow in our lives, a space and a process of giving and receiving.
A person committed to giving back, must be committed to learning – keeping our cup full. What are we doing to stay fresh, timely and relevant? What are we reading? What are we thinking about? What actions are we practicing that will keep us filled up? I think there may be a temptation among those of us that are a bit busy to be so busy that we are neither doing anything new nor are we learning anything new. If we want to be good at giving we should probably be good at getting filled up. As those lyrics constantly remind me, my purpose for being filled is to give. So in all of my giving I can’t neglect the importance of staying well read, relevant and fresh so that the seeds I sow have the best chance of finding a good place to grow.
Tell us what you are doing to get “filled up.” What are you reading? What are you thinking about? What actions are you perfecting? We would love to hear from you and have you share with all of our readers. You may give us all some great new ideas on how to fill our cup.