One more ingredient in a dish, one more smiley face on a note, one more dollar store treasure, one more thing we found in a closet that has someone’s name on it, one more pair of earrings we really loved but really wanted to give, one more conversation deep into the night despite heavy eyelids, one more embrace, one more errand just because, one more heartfelt prayer to the Maker…These are the things we share with others – things we sacrifice and concoct and craft by hand and scavenge for – extensions of our hearts and lives and time and affections.
We offer up and out pieces of ourselves, sometimes reciprocated…and sometimes rejected. Sometimes the pieces we offer become parts of another’s mosaic, adding a beauty that would otherwise be missing, and other times, our pieces are scattered into the wind, debris left by yet another hurricane of the heart. And the holes that are left within us can end up seeping mistrust, discouragement, isolation…
But there, in that dark place, we have a choice. We have a choice to continue, hunchbacked, eyes on the ground, dragging our feet angrily through the dust, or we can unclasp our cracked, weary hands from the wounds on our hearts, expose ourselves to a little sunshine, and allow God to use others to add their piece to our mosaic. We can allow Him to smooth the rough places with the grout of His unending, deeply-reaching, all-sustaining love. We can step out of that darkness and into His marvelous light, just as 1 Peter 2:9 says.
And then we can begin again. We can reach out again and offer ourselves as we seek out that one more piece we can give. Because really, in giving, we receive, and in receiving, we can position ourselves to give all over again. The giving and receiving are not mutually exclusive; it takes just as much courage to receive as it does to give. But when we choose to step out and give, to story together, to become a part of each others’ mosaics, we’re able to spread even more of the beauty and love of Christ around, making art for each other and for those who don’t yet know Him to see His glory.
So, whether your giving/receiving tank is full or not, pick one thing you can do this week to add to another’s mosaic. Find out what speaks to that person’s soul, and tap into that. And then open your heart to receive, too. Let’s pitch in some pieces to make our lives extraordinary works of art.