Is Your Eye Bountiful?

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Proverbs 22:9

This short wisdom teaching focuses on how we see things.  The wisdom is not directed at “all ya’ll who have a lot of money” although it certainly includes them.  It really asks us to consider how we see things.

Do you have a bountiful eye? Years ago, there was a knock at our door one winter night. We lived in downtown Birmingham. There stood a young man and woman. They said that they lived just down the street. They had a baby. Their food stamps had run out. Could we help? We had no cash. We almost never had cash in the child raising years. We asked them to wait a minute, and they did. We had a bag of potatoes, some canned vegetables, and a bag of diapers not yet opened. Sharing bread. If your eye is bountiful, you can find some bread to share.

That bountiful eye can be cast on how we do community and how we do government. Collectively, we all have a lot more bread to share than any one of us has alone.

Bob Patrick