Have you ever been so tired when you got home that you didn’t want to talk to anybody? You vowed if the phone rang or a text message popped up, you were not going to answer. But, the phone did ring, and for some reason (despite your internal protest), you felt a nudge to answer. On the other end of the line was someone who desperately needed to talk, who perhaps needed a listening ear, or who needed wise counsel or prayer. At that moment, you made a decision to lend strength to someone else in their time of weakness, even though you were tired.
A couple of years ago I started declaring, “I am the Lender and not the Borrower.” It wasn’t long after I commenced making this declaration that I began to see the manifestation. I was able to lend money to people, sometimes without receiving repayment.
My friend asked me recently (jokingly as she was setting me up to ask a favor), “Shawndell are you the Lender and not the Borrower?” I laughed and answered, “Yes I am!” As we were talking and joking, I thought about how long before I was able to become the Lender financially, I was already lending to people in so many other ways.
I was reminded of the times I chose to lend my ear to a person who just needed someone to listen, without judgment or advice, (Hence the scenario at the beginning of this post). I’ve lent my time to people who needed me to be there. I’ve lent my talents, even when I knew someone else would take the credit, or that I wouldn’t be compensated. I’ve had to lend my heart and walk in love to people who weren’t capable of repaying me (including my enemies).
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:31-36 ESV).
So, That Settles It; short and simple this month. As heirs of the King of Kings, we are called to be the Lenders and not the Borrowers. I challenge you to think outside of the box. By no means am I suggesting that you let people take advantage of you (use wisdom and discernment). There are so many other things we can lend, not just money. We can lend our hearts, our ears. We can lend hugs. We can lend our time. We can lend wise counsel. Let us lend even when we know the person(s) receiving it may never repay us. Lastly, let us never forget all the times we were the borrowers (the ones in need)!
Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to him (Hebrews 13:16 TLB).