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 GNвЂ™s.
Maybe GNвЂ™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, вЂњMy mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.вЂќ
I just love the way Eugene Peterson in The Message Bible sees and writes the above verses.
In vs. 21 Eugene writes вЂњMy mother and brothers are the ones who hear and do GodвЂ™s Word. Obedience is thicker than blood.вЂќ
Now just go back a few verses to Luke 8:16-18 when St. Luke writes and again recorded by Message Bible, вЂњNo 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. WeвЂ™re not keeping secrets; weвЂ™re telling them. WeвЂ™re not hiding things; weвЂ™re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you donвЂ™t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.вЂќ
I have come to believe that one of the key issues to GN is embedded in the above verses. вЂњStinginess impoverishes.вЂќ вЂњKeeping secrets, hiding things, being a miser of what you hear.вЂќ
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 GNвЂ™s. But at times it leaves me speechless and saddened with the many GNвЂ™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. вЂњStinginess impoverishes.вЂќ
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 anotherвЂ™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 вЂњoften you get the best insights by considering extremesвЂ”by thinking of the opposite of that which you are directly concerned.вЂќ вЂ“c wright mills
Can you think of some GNвЂ™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 LukeвЂ™s вЂњStinginess impoverishesвЂќ to one or some of the situations?
More to come in Part III.