Governments can give food, churches can give food, charities can give food. Throw money in the pot and distribute money, throw food in the pot and distribute food, but there is no way to throw love into the pot and distribute love. Love can only be given by individuals, alone or in the group. Jesus says to love your neighbor as yourself. How many of us give thousands of dollars to missions but have never bought even a potted plant for a neighbor? Think of how well loved King David was; yet in Psalms 142:4, he says, “no man cared for my soul.” If David felt like that, think of how many people we meet who are crying out for someone to care.

As for me, yes, I have given my alms through the church.  I think that is a safe way, and the least likely place to waste my contributions.  But, I really could afford a potted plant for a neighbor if I would just do it!

I think I will look for someone for whom I can “open the pot of love” and let a sweet aroma poor out.  I’m accountable.  I’ll let you know.  Now that ought to spur me on to good works!.  I can’t imagine coming back and telling you I could find no one to accept any “love” from me today!


*Red pot picture


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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14 Responses to OPEN UP THAT POT OF LOVE?

  1. Oh amen to this post!

    Our church hosts a soup every week and while the soup is very good and many people are hungry, it’s the love hidden in a bowl of soup that really brings them, that keeps them coming back for more. We care about you, because Christ cares about us, and while there is no preaching, no actual words that say this, it is the gospel without words lurking in the bottom of a bowl of soup.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes. I thought of the scriptures about not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing as it relates to doing good. In other words, don’t tell it. Be anonymous. However, that is often an excuse for not getting involved. Just send money. But Jesus also said “a cup of water in His name.” I think that makes it personal. Even if you do not say his name with each cup of soup, the receiver knows the motivation behind your actions. It is love, compassion, involvement.

  2. calmkate says:

    Yes it’s those small acts of local kindness that mean so much more … offer a lift, give a smile or genuine compliment and you sincerely brighten another’s day and make a difference!

  3. This is so very true! I need to be more intentional about living my faith.

  4. Great post Oneta. In some ways I think the giving we do to churches and organisations is way easier than the giving that requires meeting someone face to face and connecting with them. I’m with you – I want to do more of that kind of giving.

  5. shoreacres says:

    You reminded me of the wonderful cartoonist Charles Schultz, who drew Linus in the midst of declaring, “I love mankind. It’s people I can’t stand!” It’s just another way of making the same point you have made here, and it’s an important one.

  6. this post is great….i remember one pastor telling me that give until it hurts…when it hurts, thats when love starts…..😊

  7. Truly enjoyed reading …so sad that people are so hurried and forgetting to take a little time and give some love!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Deborah, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I went over to see your blog. You certainly have some worthy goals and ministries. May you be blessed in fulfillment of the work God has called you to.

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