When old, manual water pumps seemed to be dry and not bringing up water, people would perform an action called “priming the pump.” Priming the pump involved pouring water down a dry pipe when pumping efforts hadn’t brought water up.

Apparently the water forced air out of the pipe, air that had been keeping the water from flowing up and out. So, to start the water flowing, it was necessary to have water to put down the pipe to prime the pump.

A similar principle is at work when we feel that something is lacking in our lives. To start the flow, we can find a way to give that same thing to others, whether it be love or money or time. The belief of lack can be powerful, but rarely is it telling us the truth about the situation. If we want more love, we can find love to give. If we want more friends, we can be more friendly to others. It even works with money. Just giving away a dollar or a quarter can prime the pump, break the power of the lie of lack, and start the flow.

Today I came upon a story about a 7-year-old girl who was struggling to have friends. Her mother shared a tool that inspired her to find something kind to do for each of the classmates who were being unkind to her. It was hard to start, but soon the pump was primed – and you can read all about it here. https://www.upworthy.com/kind-can-idea-friendship?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3


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