I just noticed something I do. Often. During times of study. Or in my morning God-Time.
I keep reading until something so explosive in thought invades my entire being and then I stop. What follows next are combinations of jumping, dancing, hands lifted, feet kicking. That’s the physical part. Internally my mind is being renewed, my heart is becoming strangely warmed, and burdens are minimized to disappearing levels.
At this point, I’m done with my God time – I just can’t go any further – as I simply want to bask in that thought and moment – really feel and experience what I just read – and not let it go away as quickly as it came.
I was there just now.
Without further ramblings here it is: Joy + Poverty = Generosity.
It’s based on 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 where Paul is referring to the Macedonia churches.
They are joyful and they are impoverished – YET they are generous.
I’m not so sure why this resonates so with my soul at the moment but it does. Perhaps because just this morning I was reading Luke and this passage jumped off the page: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
Or, perhaps because I was watching Fox News last night, and hearing Donald Trump speak about his run for President. I don’t know.
But something tells me that the opposite of this beautiful equation also rings a little too true in our present age: “anxiety + wealth = stinginess/never having enough.”
I agree with the liberals and a few conservatives – the divide between the rich and the poor in America is becoming increasingly wide – even though we claim to be a Christian nation – we “Christians” have no qualms about fattening our 401Ks and accumulating “stuff” only to be auctioned off at $2 a box years from now when we are dead and our children are trying to get rid of said-stuff. Can you tell I recently went to another auction? Perhaps that too has something to say about this current track that is running in my head.
These are the messages that make me want to not only declutter – but also repent. I pray they strangely warm your soul as they did mine. And not just warm us or convict us, but also cause us to go out and do something generous for someone who needs to experience Christ-like generosity.
Elsis Newell said:
Yay and hand clapping. That was awesome. I want more!
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Margaret Blyth said:
I just sat here speechless after I read about this wonderful time you had with the Lord. So beautiful. Made me think–because I’ve had a rough day–and am preparing to prepare for the great colonoscopy, how our dear precious Lord gives us joy and peace if we’ll only take it. It’s ours if we just let it in our hearts. Love you and Tom so much and wish you lived closer. Margaret
You’re the best, Tari. 🙂 The image of you dancing during your quiet time is good enough, but the message is so good, too. I need remember that the reason I’m not nearly as generous as I should be isn’t because I don’t have the resources–it’s because I don’t have God’s joy. And as I pursue that more and more, the Lord will definitely spur me on on generosity. Thanks for being generous with your wisdom. 🙂