Am I generous with my time, my attention, my gifts and my money? Do I live with my heart, mind, life and hands wide open, looking for ways to be generous? Or, am I closed off, holding on to everything for fear of coming up short?
The following five questions can help start us on our way. They are questions we should also be willing to answer as we model vulnerability and make the other person more comfortable in sharing. It’s a conversation and not an interview!
When you’re feeling stuck, when you’re not quite where you want to be, you can choose to bloom. You can choose to see that every little step taken, every hardship and pain, is an opportunity for your roots to dig a little deeper and for your prayers to grow a little higher.
Looking back over your own life, are you glad God doesn’t protect you from the difficult seasons? Consider the reason’s why. He wants to use you to empathetically minister to others. God also wants to strengthen us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually so the small disappointments in life do not warrant an exclamation point.
Treat Jesus like a new friend you’re getting to know. Developing any relationship takes time, commitment, and communication. A world of knowledge is quite literally at our fingertips, therefore we don’t have an excuse to not invest in our relationship with Christ.
So many friends of mine have incredible gifts that are not “ordinary” or traditional for churches to embrace. So how can they cultivate and use their gifts to edify the church when there is rarely space for that?
Violence, hatred and sin still exist today resulting in terrible consequences that are felt by everyone, including the church. But like David, we can take comfort knowing God is God even in these terrible circumstances.
I challenge you today to take the slow route in a small way. In a world that says run, go, and do…Jesus tells us to sit, rest, and be. In case you need a small starting point, here is my simple homemade spaghetti sauce recipe I absolutely love.
Never underestimate the power of friendship. I know it doesn’t come easy to all, but it is worth it to invest time in someone. Friends will come and go, but it is important to have people surrounding you who you can call on at any time because you know they will be there.
Just because your kiddos have this time off from school does not mean you have to wait on them hand and foot, entertaining them at every turn. No one expects you to be on call 24/7 but yourself, so take a step back, breath and enjoy this summer as much as you can!