share- to partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with others (Merriam-Webster)
give- to put into the possession of another for his or her use (Merriam-Webster)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
There is a difference between sharing and giving. One is not beter than the other, and each has its place in our lives, but I think as Americans, we are quicker to give than we are to share. This probably comes from telling our littles to "share", when what we really mean is give, and then we grow up, and are more comfortable with giving, but not sharing. I have learned from experience that sharing often requires more people skills, self denial, and work than giving, but giving can require more sacrifice than sharing. Sharing is more about doing the dishes together, while giving is providing the meal.
Gospel centered living requires both sharing and giving, and it is not always easy. Can I give you some ideas for how to share your life with those around you?
1. Invite someone over for dinner, and let them bring something for the meal.
2. Run errands with a friend, instead of just for a friend.
3. Let your little ones join you during your devotion time, or coffe time, or evening walk.
4. Go outside and join your kids and their friends in their games.
5. Stick around for ball practice (or whatever activity) and bring a snack to share with another mom.
6. Offer to teach someone a skill you know (sewing, cooking, gardening) and watch as you develop a new friendship.
7. At work, don't hide yourself during lunch break. Pick someone to have lunch with at least once a week.
8. Pray! Ask God to show you how you can open your life up to someone else.