See Part I
I am once again on (GN) my coined phrase for Generational Negatives. If you recall Part I talked about Passivity. Now Obedience! Not being Passive!

I have heard and seen so many issues recently relating to GN and seemly with The Seasonal Holidays at hand so are the GN’s.

Maybe GN’s are for the holidays. Where do they hide out on all the other days? What makes them pop like flies on these special family days?

Is GN within us? Therefore, when a GN force from another brings pressure to bear on our GN a hurricane effect hits and we, others and sometimes our families become a mess.

Who is your mother? Who are your brothers? When Jesus was told His mother and brothers were waiting outside to see Him in (Luke 8:19-21), He replied, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

I just love the way Eugene Peterson in The Message Bible sees and writes the above verses.
In vs. 21 Eugene writes “My mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do God’s Word. Obedience is thicker than blood.”

Now just go back a few verses to Luke 8:16-18 when St. Luke writes and again recorded by Message Bible, “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you don’t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.”

I have come to believe that one of the key issues to GN is embedded in the above verses. “Stinginess impoverishes.” “Keeping secrets, hiding things, being a miser of what you hear.”

I teach, speak and write Bible Studies. I especially love teaching and facilitating retreats, seminars and the like where a number of people come together and study one of the lessons I have written for a week-end or a series of studies. One of the reasons I love it so much is I have worked in Q&A, reflection time and sharing time. It always amazes me, delights my heart and encourages me when I hear how others have overcome some GN’s. But at times it leaves me speechless and saddened with the many GN’s I hear that have not been overcome by all of us as we share.

So as we continue our series of blogs on GN, I would just like to focus on this one thought for Part II. “Stinginess impoverishes.”

If I have been stingy with sharing my spiritual life, which is the essence of the person that I am because I was fearful, unloving, judgmental, void of compassion of another’s well being and maybe rejecting not to be rejected, angry, a liar or whatever GN I might have then what have I given another?

Have I given them the person that I really am? The real me, which may be found in the above list or type of and then they gave back the same familiar spirit to me.

I keep this quote near my desk “often you get the best insights by considering extremes—by thinking of the opposite of that which you are directly concerned.” –c wright mills

Can you think of some GN’s you might be facing as you think of gathering for the holidays or wanting to be free of a GN? IF so, could you apply the above quote with Luke’s “Stinginess impoverishes” to one or some of the situations?

More to come in Part III.

7 thoughts on “GENERATIONAL NEGATIVES (GN) Obedience Part II

  1. It is interesting to me that stinginess and impoverish imply ‘negatives’… poor, deprived, depleted, scant, etc. So it makes sense from your article that in order to overcome a GN you have to do a ‘positive’, ample thing such as be generous in the positive conduct you refer to. Hurricanes certainly do impoverish.

    1. What exactly is Luke talking about? More Pumpkin pie or turkey/ gravy? What/Who is the Light? What kind of secrets is this Saint speaking of? Candles for the table? Monkey three behavior, see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil?

      1. Seems to me that Luke is not talking about more pie to feed our bodies but truths about the Life that Jesus Christ offers us that will feed our spirits and produce a change of conduct that lines up with what the Bible teaches us about His life and conduct among men.

      2. I was just thinking after reading (Sara’s comment above on) SEE NO EVIL: HEAR NO EVIL: SPEAK NO EVIL,,,,at first, that might sound like a good practice to acquire. But, in another vein…if we never see the evil in something, never hear the evil in someone…and never address the evil by speaking to it we are a most decieved individual. The ability to see and identify evil and speak to it (or rather speak out against it) and address the evils in our society, our families and OURSELVES, is an invaluable “gift” to be received through Holy Spirit. Discernment is an excellent weapon against Self-deception.

      3. I totally agree with MG. If we pretend like something bad isn’t there, aren’t we doing a worse thing? Ignoring evils in life will not help anyone else avoid them. We need to act against the evils and spread the warnings about them so that other people can lead a good life too.

  2. I can understand why Sara could write a “GN II and a GN III and a !V & so forth as there is a myriad of GN’s plaguing the human condition.
    The insightful, “stinginess impoverishes” brings to mind many things quoted from the Scriptures. (paraphrased) Give & it shall be given unto you….for with what measure you mete out to others, that will be what you receive unto yourself; cast your bread upon the waters, etc. But the thought that is impressing me at this time is the giving of one’s SELF. A puny offering of one’s focus to someone who needs your attention at a particular time; a cursory comment of no apparent meaning just to appear to acknowledge someone’s request or comments; and the ever popular….NOT being IN THE MOMENT. Being Stingy with your SELF, lacking magnaminity, reserving your involvement are all GN’s that bring paucity to our spirits and leanness to our souls. We ought to get rid of GN’s as soon as we can identify them

    1. What does Luke 8:16-18 in the above blog mean in very practical terms? Light? Secrets? Bring everything out in the open.

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