SHE shares her last donut
We all have that one friend that always wants to share your food. Even with a full plate of food in front of them, they will still ask you curiously, "Can I try some?" If you're like me, a flood of questions and commentary will flood your thoughts: "Why didn't you just order that yourself if you liked it so much?" or straight to the point "No, I'm good"
While scrolling through my Facebook timeline, I came across a video. I typically have an attention span of 3 seconds for most social media videos, but I watched this clip all the way to the end.
In the short story, a man narrates how he stopped by a donut store in the airport. A bargain shopper like myself, he took advantage of a deal for 5 discounted donuts. When he found a table to relax before his flight, he took out his book to read as he reached for his first donut. Soon after, a rustling sound caught his attention, as he noticed a stranger sitting across from him, reaching into the donut bag and calmly taking a donut.
Understandably, he was confused and upset but decided that one stolen donut would not be the end of the world.
Shortly after, the narrator snagged another donut. However, it wasn't long before the stranger followed right behind him to grab another donut. By this time the narrator was livid and running out of patience.
Before he could react, the stranger’s flight was called to begin boarding. So he stood up to leave. Before he left, he took out the last donut, broke it in half, and calmly handed the narrator a piece.
In complete shock. The narrator just sat there trying to figure out what just happened.
When the announcement for his flight was made, he quickly stood up only to notice that he had been sitting on his own donuts this whole time.
The narrator was immediately embarrassed by his attitude over the last hour. The whole time he had been the true ‘thief’.
I was instantly convicted by the video, because I realized the narrator was me. I can joyfully spread my arms open to receive, without merit, the gifts that come through grace, but will simultaneously close them to fellow children of God, no different than myself.
I have been blessed to have people like the stranger in my life to be earthly examples of joyful givers. Givers that do not place high value in objects but in the opportunity to serve. Jesus was that stranger for us 2000 years ago.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus did not have to share His love or righteousness with us. In the midst of who we were Jesus said it’s ok, you can share in my inheritance. Like the stranger who forfeited his own right to the last donut, Christ also forfeited His own right and opportunity to descend up to Heaven without having to break His own body for us. But He didn’t. Instead His body was broken so that we too could share in the goodness of salvation.
So as I challenge myself, I also challenge you to think about how you can serve and extend grace in times when the other person does not deserve it or when it does not benefit you. I challenge you to change your instinct to react according to your faith and not your flesh.
Who can you share your last donut with someone that may not deserve it?
What has God done in your life recently that you benefitted from but did not work for?