Openhanded

Open hand“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.” (Deu 15:11)

I like words. I enjoy a word that perfectly describes what I am endeavoring to convey. Openhanded—what a wonderfully illustrative word that perfectly describes not only the physicality of a hand that gives but also a state of heart and even a lifestyle choice.

To live open handed is to live like Jesus—always ready to give, always ready to help, and always generous. Well, there is no other word for it—openhanded.

The opposite is just as demonstrable and also reflects not only the act but also the heart state behind the action: tight fisted. How would we best be described? Perhaps we are on the fence; maybe it is time to become more openhanded.

Quick Prayer: Make me openhanded. Amen.