Time is short these days, yes? But an investment of time (even a small investment), serves to build the community. When you arrive here, would you look over the faces of those who have already pulled up their chair? Would you ask God to point to a few people to go visit? Sometimes, He will lead you into those spaces because He has a gift for you there. And sometimes, He tugs at your heart because He has given you just the right words to pour into someone else's heart.
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This piece, I've called The Invitation. Today, I would love to invite you to have a conversation with me in the comments section today. I'm working out some scripture and I know that God really wants me to get this. I wonder if y'all struggle with this as I do and I'd love your perspective.
Here is the background story:
On Friday, I was reading my daily bible reading (I'm reading the One Year Bible -- chronologically) and was still in the process of wading through Leviticus (oh, joy!). In chapter 24, verse 19 caught my eye. It talks about the whole eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth notion. As I read, I thought, I need to look up what it says about this in the New Testament. Alas, I was feeling lazy and didn't want to get my computer for my ever faithful concordance. I saved it for another day.
Saturday, I get up before the rest of the house and I return to my chronological bible reading. I'm not exactly sure that anything from my Bible set me off, but I am suddenly overwhelmed with the fact that I have not quite abandoned my scales like I had planned. I realized that, sure, I had become better about loving with reckless abandon, but I still expected something in return. Something big. How am I supposed to get rid of these scales, God? I cry out. I'm frustrated with myself and my inability to really let go. So, I turn to the Only One who can truly make me better about such things.
I see the words Matthew 5:38 written in my mind and I think I'm being sent to the beatitudes or something like that. So, I flick open my other bible and read this:
"You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth'. But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer them the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken, offer your coat, too. If a solider demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow." Matthew 5: 38-42So, no beatitudes, JUST THE VERY VERSE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR, on a silver platter, delivered by God in my kitchen. So, the question that I wrestle with is this:
What is the balance between giving your all and being a doormat?Please, fill me in. I need some sound guidance here.
SDG Community Builder: 1) If you are new to this group, will you put as your caption "I'm new!" We'd love to give you some extra love this week. 2) If you are a seasoned member of this group, will you make sure to visit at least one "I'm New!" person? Let's show them what SDG is all about.
And because I do shameless things for Starbucks gift cards, I'm posting this picture of me, taken at 6:10 am (okay, I was 10 minutes LATE).
so sorry if I've scared you people off. you can blame Michelle.