Worship Fully: got to engage in song with wonderful women as we mourned and rejoiced as the physical passing of a friend. So happy she’s dancing with the saints, but selfishly sad for our missing of her body in our midst.
Spend Less: Today’s speaker at WBF shared her reflections on Luke 17 & 18. So many stories packed into two chapters! Christ doesn’t seem to be one to babble. 🙂 What stood out to me were stories regarding water. First, she told of a time when she went to a pumpkin patch with her extended family. She was about to buy a bottle of water, having forgot her water bottle at home. She offered it to others, and her grown son said that he no longer drinks from bottled water: much of it is bottled by Nestle, who has bought the rights to water in countries where people desperately need water and can no longer have access to it because of our consumerism. She also shared how when hosting kids from an African choir they could not get over her washing machine: “You mean water just comes in there?”
When I spend more, others have to spend less. I heard someone recently define rich as “when I am rich, it means I am taking from others who can no longer have.” When I drink water without thinking where it comes from, I am taking from others who don’t have; my need to be quenched creates a thirst in them.
Give More: I’m not so much a baby person: give me a teenager any day, and let’s have awesome conversations and go do stuff. But babies: they sure take a lot, and don’t give a lot, that is, if you’re a person who wants to go and do. I’ve never been a sit & cuddle person as my folks can tell you – I held them at arms length pretty much since day one. And when I have an infant of my own, I’m easily babied-out. But today I actually wanted to hold someone else’s baby: he was born one day after my daughter, and he reminds me of my boys – a bit more on the fussy side, active side, wearing his mama out side. See, she had a girl first: a cuddler. Me, the opposite. And now that I have little miss “let me smile at you to show you all the insides of my mouth: see, this is how big I can get it!” girl, I don’t mind pacing with the active boy: I have something of me to give. Finally. That sure is nice.
Love All: Funny how I just talked about loving on my friend’s boy, and yet I had not a lot of love for my own boys this afternoon. It’s too easy to whang on myself, so I’m just going to put this day away and look forward to a day tomorrow with new opportunities to create and play and love, or at least try to keep the tiredcrabbies to myself. 🙂