I had the opportunity to share at an annual holiday event one of my favorite messages called “The Long-Handled Spoon.” I don’t know why I love this silly little story so much, but I do. It just makes my heart warm. The story goes like this.
One day a little boy asked his Grandfather, “Grandpa, what’s the difference between being self-centered and others centered. So the grandpa took the boy to two rooms.
In the middle of the first room was a large round table. In the center of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made everyone’s mouth water. However, the people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. They were famished and dying.
In the second room the boy found the exact same situation. There was the large round table with a delicious pot of stew in the center. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well-nourished and pump, laughing and talking.
The boy inquired, “Grandpa, I don’t understand.”
“It’s simple,” said the grandfather. “They have learned the value of reaching across the table with their spoons, feeding one another and blessing others.”
Giving – it’s what this season is all about. Acts 20:35 says it well, “It is more advantageous, more gainful, more lucrative, more profitable to give than to keep.”
Great reminder for us all to extend our holiday spoons!