The video from Finding Nemo where the birds are squawking, "mine, mine, mine" cracks me up. It also resonates with my inability to let go of things. I believe it is because I have held onto material things as if they belong to me!
The truth is everything in this world belongs to God.
Having open hands with our possessions means that we see ourselves as stewards of them and not owners.
David knew this very well and describes it in I Chronicles 29:12-16
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
Do you have things that you are holding onto with a death grip? Is it difficult for you to share them with others? What would it look like if you loosened that grip and offered it back to God?
What if today as you start your car, pick up your phone, drink your coffee, you stop and thank God for His provision and His graciousness to allow you to use His things? Maybe then our hands will hold onto things with a lighter grip.
Everything comes from you, help me to be a gracious and sharing servant of your possessions.