Buckets and Pipes - - Sharing Knowledge, Encouraging Others

As the year comes to a close, I think it’s important for everyone to reflect on what they have learned and how it will help them in the coming year to grow and develop into the person God created us to become. One area I am learning about is the importance of sharing. I feel like in the past couple years, I have began to understand how to share tangible things. However, it seems like there is an importance in sharing knowledge, resources, and opportunities that I still need to develop. I attend Westside: A Jesus Church in Beaverton, Ore. Last week, there was an analogy that made perfect sense to how I am learning and what I am doing with the opportunities I am given. Imagine your life as each of these two objects: a bucket and a pipe. A bucket collects water. However, there is not outflow from the bucket. The longer the water sits there, the more likely it is to collect dust and debris that will contaminate it. A pipe collects water, as well. The pipe brings in water and then distributes it to other locations, constantly bringing in and pouring out fresh water.

Our lives should reflect a pipe; gaining new pieces of knowledge, skills, and opportunities while also pouring out to others around us. Think about how you are consciously trying to help others advance in their growth. Are you a hoarder of knowledge? Or do you continuously learn and pour out to other?