Giving Stuff Away for Free
by Christine Lindsay
Have you ever tried to give away—for free—something truly good and people stride past you as if you were offering them poison?
To support my writing habit, I held a part-time job, demonstrating various products at a large department store. I gave out free samples from everything from cat food, to serving pancakes, to free chocolates. Now granted we don’t all like the same things. What a boring world that would be if we did.
But alas, when I’ve held out my tray of chocolates in their cute little plastic cups, I’d swear some shoppers thought I was trying to shorten their life.
It reminds me of the times I try to tell others about my relationship with Christ—how wonderful it is. How free I feel to enjoy life, and how I obtained this relationship by simply recognizing it as a gift and reaching out to take it…and enjoy it.
Back to my sample job—often when someone took a risk and tried something from my sample tray, their eyes widened in surprise. Speaking with a mouths full, they often said, “Oh my, I didn’t think I’d like it, but that’s really good!”
As far as the greatest free gift of all—a relationship with the King of Kings, well, I’ll keep gently holding out my metaphoric sample tray, and one day those people around me will look up into the Lord’s face and say with awe, “Oh my, I didn’t think I’d love you, but your love just takes my breath away.”
Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning historical novels. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the Heavenly Father’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. The Pacific coast of Canada, 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. Connect with Christine on any of the following: Christine Lindsay’s Blog Drop by her Author Facebook page Follow her on Twitter or Pinterest