I sat down today to write about peace and it's fleeting state in my life right now. Jesus promised peace in the midst of a chaotic world (John 16:33) - not separate from it - peace, the one straw I can't grab.
Then the word GENEROUS came up. I thought of a young mom I follow on IG. She recently returned to work, part-time, in a professional role, manages her household, prepares healthy meals, takes care of her son-hubby-AND aging grandmother while still making time to communicate with the Instagram world to share what a blessing it is to serve these people and live this role.
That is what my mind went to.
This sweet woman embodies not only a peace-filled spirit, but she does so with a generous heart. Simply inspiring. And here I sit, middle-aged, three of my four grown "kids" living at home for safety and financial sensibility, they are working hard and contributing to household and society though I do still consider them my charges as I cook the dinners and clean the house and manage the yard and run the errands and start a new business, writing books, caring for "kids"-hubby-AND aging mother-in-law.... exploding when the house turns chaos all in a snap.
Where is my peace in the midst of the chaos?
Where is my generous spirit? Giving of self, loving endlessly with grace, walking as though I really DO know Christ goes before me? HIS generosity of life and death guiding me to be generous in my own patience, love and peace?
I trust He is not finished with me yet. I believe, with all my heart, a wake-up call stands at this intersection of peace and generosity and I will not hit snooze! Eyes must be set to se Him - not the chaos, heart must be in Him - not the occasional hurt, mind must be cast to His Good Word - not my own hang-ups. Time to move.....
How about you? Are you generous with peace and grace?
This has been a 5-minute Friday installment on "generous".