I love M & M’s!

You know: “The candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hands.” I have a bag full in front of me. I don’t want to keep you in suspense. I’m reaching in and taking out a handful and setting each M & M on my desk. Do you mind if I eat while I write? Of course you don’t.

Do you have a favorite color? Is it Green? Let me eat one you. Oh yes, green is good!

By the way, one of my New Years Resolutions for 2001 is to share more freely with others. John the Baptist in Luke 3:11 says, “The one with two tunics should share with one who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” I think we should all be willing to share. Don’t you?

How about brown? Do you like brown M & M’s? Uhm, that’s good too!

In the Bible there is a verse from James 3:15 that says, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says, ‘Go I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” That is so important! Don’t you think so?

Have you tried red? Oh, heavenly morsels! Red is delicious!

Sharing is a New Years Resolution all of us should make. Jesus said, “When you give to someone, don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret and your Father, who knows all secrets will reward you.” (Matthew 6:3-4) Isn’t that a great attitude to have when you give? Remember, you are never more like Christ than when you share of yourself and your possessions.

Have you tried one of the new colors? How about blue? Oh my, what a treat! Blue is good!

“Wait a minute! What are you thinking? You don’t expect me to share my M & Ms? Do You?”

Paul said in a letter to the Romans: “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (12:13) Sharing with hospitality must be accompanied by personal compassion. Not only are we to give but give with a warm smile and a willingness to become personally involved. Wouldn’t you agree?

But nowhere in scripture does it say, “Thou must share your M & M’s. Does it? I’m in deep trouble.”

Sharing means:

U Individuals: Sharing freely of what you own rather than what is convenient. It means becoming involved in the giving process and treating those who receive with love and respect.

U Business: Giving back part of the profits to help others but also creatively looking for ways to share your ideas, skills, training and resources with the community.

U Churches: Sharing starts with a food basket or donated clothes but continues with a willingness to listen and include those we are helping in the life and activities of the church.

U Government: While recognizing that a program will not eliminate poverty an attitude of concern and a willingness to look for real solutions can offer genuine hope to those who are suffering.

U For me this means genuine sharing… (Oh this hurts) even my M & M’s and more importantly giving with enthusiasm and a smile on my face. (Now I’ve gone from preachin’ to meddlin’!)

If our world economy falters in 2001 as many are predicting, a willingness to freely share will become ever more critical. So, will you join me in a New Years Resolution to share with hospitality?

New Years Resolutions like this are essential but impossible to keep without help, which is why my other resolutions will include prayer, more prayer and even more prayer. May God bless each of you during the next twelve months and may you have a healthy, prosperous 2001. By the way, after writing this, my next New Years Resolution will be to lose 15 pounds. I really do love M & M’s! Pray for me.

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