Overflowing Goodness


overflowingHave you read the gospel reading for today yet?  If not, pause everything and treat yourself to five minutes with Luke.  I love this particular passage:

Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.

Honestly, it reminds me so very much of something my parents taught us frequently when we were growing up — and perhaps you’ve even heard me say it here in the past — “Always err on the side of generosity.”

So simple, and yet so difficult.  If you can find a way to say, “yes” to someone, do it.  Stop worrying about the time it will take, the compromises you will have to make, what it will cost you personally.  Stop asking yourself, “What’s in it for me?”  And yet this portion of Luke assures us that in the end, what we do to help and to love and to encourage others will indeed come back to benefit us in the end.   I love that very visual picture he paints for us, “packed together, shaken down, and overflowing” — as though there’s no possible way to fit in even one tiny little bit more of the goodness we’re being offered into our hearts.

Lately, my life is in that “overflowing” phase.  I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve any of the countless blessings that are being showered upon me.  Realizing this makes me want to look around me and give more.  The true challenge is keeping my radar tuned in the midst of so much business, so many expectations, and even so many great opportunities, for that one person who is in need of the measure I am able to pour out today.

Do you find it easy to “give”, or are you burned out from giving too much?  How do you find the balance in your life between being generous and being taken advantage of?


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Beautiful comments that really hit home with me Lisa. In my own personal experience, when I give to others, I always seem to have my own needs met. Though I'm not certain I've heard that exact phrase before “Always err on the side of generosity.” It is something I've tried to practice as an adult.

  2. lisahendey on

    Shelly, my sister and I were talking about this recently as it relates to giving to our parishes financially. I think I need to have greater trust in that area… thanks for commenting!

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