When I pray, I try really hard not to be repetitious like the pagans. But I have some common phrases that I use when praying about certain topics because I feel like they accurately represent what I am trying to say. One of those common phrases is that I ask God to “use me as a funnel” to share the love and blessings He has given me with everyone around me.
I really want to bless others as I have been blessed, and I have always felt like the funnel illustration was a pretty good picture of what I wanted to do. But as I used that phrase in praying for the preschool wing of our church during that prayer walk, God stopped me and said that a funnel was not enough.
You see, a funnel is wide at the “receiving” end and narrow at the “sharing” end. When I was asking God to use me as a funnel, I was asking for Him to help me take the seemingly endless amount of love that He shows me and share it a little bit at a time. And since God’s blessings are truly endless, my funnel would certainly overflow since I am only looking to pass small amounts of blessings on to others.
I realize this illustration may seem kind of cheesy, but God was very clear in telling me that being a funnel was not enough. I need to be willing to freely give His love away as quickly as I receive it. I should be ready to exhaust myself by blessing everyone around me.
I have yet to come up with an illustration as convenient as the funnel. But I know that God wants me to change my mentality. He wants me to be more selfless. He wants me to be less like a funnel, and more like Him. How do I do that? I think I will start with another prayer walk. God is awesome.