You might have seen the new television commercial for Keebler cookies. A girl and her younger sister come home from school, and head for the kitchen, where there is a package of cookies in the cupboard. The older girl reaches for the package, opens it, and finds there is only left. After a short time of deliberating, she decides to give the whole cookie to her younger sister. When she turns back to what appeared to be the empty package, she finds that there is still one cookie left.
I love the metaphysical lesson this has for us. (As you have heard me say before, wisdom comes to us from surprising and wonderful places!) When we allow ourselves to give what we have (money, love, compassion, understanding) we make the way clear for more good to flow to us. Just as we can never pick the last orange off a tree, so we can never give away our last dollar, when we give in love and gratitude, and in the recognition that Spirit is our source.
Last Sunday, we talked about giving our tithes and offerings to the Church, the source of our spiritual food, as a spiritual practice—in the conscious awareness that we can never outgive God. Yes, our giving benefits the Church, but it benefits us even more. We know that what we focus on expands, so as we make this a purposeful act, and not just an afterthought, we bring energy and awareness to our financial good, which allows it to grow and prosper.
If I keep my hand closed in a fist, I might be able to hold on to what I have, but I am not allowing new good to flow to me.
When we bless our money as it leaves us, it creates opportunity for more to come to us. The truth is that when we are consciously aware that God is our source, we can never give away the last cookie!