{January 31, 2021}






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THE JOURNEY

 

INTERIOR DESIGN: Living a Generous Life

By Bill McMurtrey

Webster’s Dictionary defines generosity as 1a: the quality or fact of being generous; 2a: to give abundantly. 
 
Have you ever had someone help you unconditionally? Maybe at a time in your life when you needed it more than words could describe? I have. I got divorced when I was 30. I lost everything, and I do mean everything. I had sustained major bodily damage from an accident I was in and my ability to work then was on and off. The back parking lot of the church at 71st and Metcalf in O.P. KS was where I would park my truck at night to sleep. It was winter, I was cold and miserable but I was safe, no one messed with me. I ran into a former neighbor, he was an older man, he was retired and he was widowed. His name was Ken. Mr. Ken was not keen on me living in my truck and he opened his home to me. It wasn’t long until I was able to get back to work, re-establish myself, and eventually move out, getting my own place. Had it not been for Mr. Ken’s generosity there is no telling where I would be today. I mean that. It was a pivotal point in my life, Mr. Ken was a Christian man, and he was a Godsend. 

Paying it forward has always been a big thing for me. It’s my life’s credo, there is no secret about that. I’ve shared here before that I try to pay it forward with 5 different people each week. Always have, always will… 

Of all of the projects that I have been involved with over the years, hands down one of my all-time personal favorites is when I created the "picnics" for the kids in my old neighborhood in Wyandotte County. Most of those kids lived in pretty tough situations. Several came from parents who lived in the drug houses. The kids would go to "church class" on Wednesday nights. The church bus would pick them up at 6:30pm. I thought they should have dinner when they come on Wednesday nights, since most of them only had one or two meals a day. So with the help of a neighbor couple I would set up folding tables and chairs in my front yard every Wednesday. The kids would all come over around before church and they would eat dinner out in my front yard, then hang out and be kids until the bus picked them up. 

How are you walking out acts of generosity? Are you looking for something to do to bless others? It could be joining me Thursday, February 18th, as I move forward with the creation of "Take-food-to-a-friend-day". If you do deliver food to a friend, would you do me a favor and please and let me know? I’d love to hear about your experience of sharing in God’s name. 

 

{sunday 1.31.21}

Read Proverbs 11:24-25, Mathew 6:21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Who is the most generous person you know? What do you notice about them, about their brand of generosity? How does being generous refresh you? How can you be generous toward someone this week?

 

{prayer for the week}

Join us this week in a shared community-wide prayer.

Jesus, thank you for the generosity you have shown us, by giving up your life that we might have the hope of a forever life in heaven with you. Thank you for the gift of your Spirit, to guide and teach us on earth. Would you strengthen our eyes to see opportunities to be light in our daily lives? Would you strengthen our ears to hear where you are pointing out a need that we can help with? Would you give us the heart and confidence to act when we feel a nudge? Jesus, help us live generously this week. Amen.

 

{bible reading plan: psalms}

By Marnie Vasquez

{monday 2.1.21}

Read Psalm 111

Read, Ponder, Pray: It’s a new week, a new day, a fresh start. And a great time to be in awe of all the goodness, beauty and love God gives us. Look outside and soak in all He has created. Search out the goodness in people all around you. And tell God, “thank you for all you have done, all you provide, and for never stop loving us.”

{tuesday 2.2.21}

Read Psalm 112

Observe, Reflect, Apply: I feel like today’s psalm is about a time in the future. A time when Christ has returned. Because as I look around the earth today, I don’t see the earth rejoicing in the Lord (verse 1). I see many people and nations blocking God, acting as though He doesn’t exist and further falling from Him. This is hard to see. But what is written here is true, eventually all nations will rejoice in Him. That’s exciting to think about! And I love reading how God protects those who love Him and brings them joy (verses 10-11). How amazing. Yes, yes, the Lord is King.

{wednesday 2.3.21}

Read Psalm 113

Observe, Reflect, Apply: We’re mid-way through the week. If things at work, at school or at home are starting to become challenging, stressful or heavy, stop right where you’re at. Read this psalm. And remember God’s got this. He’s right there beside you helping you through. Stop, take a big breath in and out. And thank God for all his amazing ways.

{thursday 2.4.21}

Read Psalm 114

Observe, Reflect, Apply: “You First, Then Me” was the title I gave my journal about 6 years ago. It was my daily reminder and active approach to truly try and live by putting God at the beginning of everything I did or thought and putting myself somewhere after that. Easier said than done. Today’s psalm begins stating “the Lord is king!” and goes on with the ongoing, incredible things He does for us. Reminds me it’s so, so, so much better to always put God first. As we go about today, let’s put God at the beginning of all our thoughts and all our actions.

{friday 2.5.21}

Read Psalm 115

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Thankfulness has been the theme for this week’s daily verses. It can seem like a cliché topic, even an overused topic. But as I close out this week, it’s been more a wake-up call to truly understand, appreciate, be in awe of and truly humble myself to the greatness of God. It shakes my brain and my soul. I feel incredibly blessed He chose me. He chose you. Wow. We are loved. There is so much to look forward to. Thank you, God.

{extra journey resources}

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