If you know me, you know I love donuts. Always have. I'd probably weigh about 40 pounds less if they didn't exist, because I probably eat too much of them.
Its beyond comprehension actually. I could eat a donut everyday. Really, if I were honest, I could eat two, sometimes three a day. I would say that there are more days than not that I would think about having a donut. Fritters, raised, cake, crullers, holes, old fashioned, it doesn't matter. They all have a place in my heart.
I know great donut places too. I've been to a bunch of them in the Puget Sound area. I know which places have the best, and which don't.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take some missionaries from Holland, whom I met in Ghana on a driving tour of Seattle. Of course, as part of our trip, I figured it would be best to include a few stops at some of the best donut shops in the area. Maybe its just me, but when I think about the best that Seattle has to offer, I usually start with the donut stops.
So throughout the day I was dropping subtle hints about donuts. As in, "would you guys like some donuts" and "hey, there's a great donut place" and "Do they have donuts in the Netherlands"?
We were down at Pike Place Market and I tried to get them to join me in a donut at the stand next to the flying fish. I only got one, a small raised (they have dinner plate sized fritters for 8 dollars) and they seemed uninterested.
We were on our way home, driving south on the viaduct, and I took the exit to get to Interstate 90, and as luck (or natural desire) would have it, we drove by Krispy Kreme Donuts, the donut mecca of the universe. I couldn't help it. I asked them if they had ever a Krispy Kreme, and of course they hadn't.
They finally gave in. After all of my hints, my encouragements, my talking, after about a dozen comments, they agreed to try a Krispy Kreme.
Do you know what? They loved them. Best donut they ever had they said. I could tell in their voice that wished they would have grabbed a few more when they had the chance. I told them to get three or four, but they settled with one for each and one to share. My job was done.
What's the point to this dribble? If I had never encouraged my guests to experience something that I loved, they would be lost and devoid of the Krispy Kreme experience.
What are you keeping to yourself that you should be sharing? What has God blessed you with that you could encourage someone else with? God didn't bless you so you could keep it to yourself and be happy. He did it so you could be a blessing.
Sure, it may not be a donut, but the point is easy- be a person that shares, and watch how it blesses other people.