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Be very very quiet about doing good deeds for others

Quietly tiptoeing, finger pressed to the lips as a whispered, “Shhhhh. Be very, very quite we are hunting wabbits” playfully fills the quiet air.

When my granddaughter Karlie was itsy-bitsy this was our game. Kandyce, her sister followed suit some 10 years later. It was just harder for her to be very, very, quiet.

Kandyce came into the world with the strength of an older baby. She held that head high seemingly looking on her world for the adventure it held. I don’t think Kandyce has ever been bored. Since she is a good five-hour drive away from ol’ Mawmaw, I get to hear about or see her escapades via the computer. I’m remember a picture of her on a real hunting trip.

Dressed for the part with her boots, camo shirt and girly skirt she was out the door with her brother, sister and Daddy. Hands on her hips she was going to have an exciting time or make it one all by herself. She’s a hunter by nature. She hunts for things to swing from, jump from, ride on, dance on…you name it she’s going to find something to get into and have fun doing the thing.

Several years ago she removed herself from the hunt and became the hider. She knew to share and she still loves to make sure her brother gets a little “something, something” every time she’s given a prize. The prize came this time after a long baseball season.

“G” or better known to most as Cooper brought the kids a bag of bubble gum leftover from the season. There were about forty pieces in the bag. Kandyce was the only one there to take possession of said gum. She took out a few pieces for her siblings, looked around and snuck back to her room with the rest. There would be a hunt later by her brother and sister. Little stinker.

That’ll preach. How often do we find ourselves giving, but giving only enough to feel good about ourselves? We hide the rest and save it for later when no one else is looking. Maybe we are fear we won’t have enough for our own satisfaction or needs.

It takes some practice, but can I encourage you to be on the hunt for ways to share and give to others? As my mama used to say, “And be very, very quiet when doing for others. Don’t be telling everyone how good you are in the giving business.”

We can’t out give God. He will supply what we need and more so that we can sow into other’s lives. One of my favorite scriptures is “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor 9:6-7

Happy hunting. Happier giving, y’all.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.

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