can we skip the measuring???

21 Dec

How do you feel about your generosity?  And I don’t only mean money wise, but in every aspect.  Time?  Care?  Prayers?  You know, just what you put out?  Sometimes I know we can feel pretty good about ourselves and what we do for others.  Then, satan likes to come in and point out how much you do for others and how little others do for you.  That can lead us to a very bad place right?  Usually I can get myself out of that pit pretty quickly by remembering all the things God does for me even when, or should I say even though, I don’t deserve it.

Today, my husband and I were reading the 5 Love Languages book and we were reading through one of the chapters called “Loving the Unlovely”.  As we were reading through the chapter, Dr. Chapman refers to Luke 6:38:

38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

At that moment my heart was hit with the part about the measure that I use, it will be measured back to me.  And as I start to go over what I give out to others, I start to realize I would not want that measure to be used to give back to me.  So many things…like forgetting to pray for those I said I would…or doing something for my husband with grumblings in my heart…and what about shooing my kids off sometimes when I feel tired…etc.  The passage starts out with not judging others and forgiving others…but when it gets to verse 38, it hits home a little more.  Trying not to judge and condemn others comes a little more naturally to me…but really serving?  That is one I struggle with.  Yes, the tasks that need to get done…no problem…the intentional “giving” day to day, moment by moment…that is a little harder for me.  It’s so easy to rationalize why you can’t help or to overlook or even be oblivious to a need…but I think that’s where the ”intentional” part comes in..

I pray that God make me aware in the areas I lack and give me the discipline and strength to give in ways that are pleasing to Him…

What about you…would you be okay with the measure that would be given back to you?

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4 Responses to “can we skip the measuring???”

  1. Lisa December 21, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    Ouch! I’ve read that scripture before, but you really made it stand out today. Ok God, I’ve got some work to do.

  2. N. Gurrola December 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    AY AY AY!!! this seriously cut to the heart.. i consider myself a giver, not so much anymore.. I have som repenting to do and God has some work to do in my heart.

    btw… how is the less coffee, more water commitment going?? still praying for ya 🙂

    • christine December 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

      it cut to my heart too..but isn’t it great that God helps us be the best we can….and oh yeah i am still working on that water thing..getting better, but still not where i should be..thank you so much for your prayers!!!!

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