(picture courtesy of endtimepilgram.org)
"How would you feel if I told you that you were one of the women without oil?"
(How would I feel? Horrible, of course! I work hard, I try my best!)
"The reason you have no oil is not because you are lazy and not prepared, it is because you gave all your oil away and kept none aside for yourself."
Oh. Well. I can see that. Maybe. We talked about how we, as women give and give until we have nothing left, for ourselves or anyone else. Seriously, I can totally see myself, way back in the day, standing there with my little lamp full of oil. Someone comes along with their sad story, I would totally give them some of my oil. Pretty soon, no oil left for me. But how do I fix the situation?
Are you an oil giver? Do you save any for yourself? How do you refill you lamp? How can we find a balance between being a loving, giving person and dehydrating ourselves in the process? I need to know beyond the basic Sunday School answers. (prayer, scripture study) Or, maybe I just need to recommit myself to the Sunday School answers.
I don't want to be left out in the dark because I'm all dried up. Do you?
(My husband, Dave, does not agree with this take on the story. I'll let him post his rebuttal in the comments section! )