My Life Overflows

By Jan Marshall of Independence, Missouri, USA

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come?  Psalm 121:1–2

I looked at my tithing statement and my financial records, wondering how to increase my giving. Misgiving gripped me when immediately my humble friend, Robert, came to mind. Generosity was one of his most outstanding traits. He testified often of God’s grace and generosity.

Through his study of the scriptures, Robert felt he should live every day by looking for ways to share. And share he did—with his time, his money, his many talents, and most of all, his love for people. If you needed help, he was there. If he couldn’t help, he would find someone who could.

Robert’s practice of generosity came naturally to him. He lived his faith. Yet we saw the world differently. Robert saw life as a “half-empty glass.” He looked first for the negatives to any new opportunity.

I see life as a “half-full glass”—full of more to come. His attitude puzzled me—how could someone so generous not see the positive opportunities first?

Perhaps his difficult childhood had something to do with it. Yet he didn’t let his viewpoint stop him from giving with a generous heart. He loved people and the church community. So others might benefit, he gave without a thought how he might benefit.

My glass (life) is nothalf full or half empty. It is overflowing with God’s generous Spirit. How can I not respond?

Prayer for Peace:

Generous Spirit, let us not concern ourselves about half-empty glasses. May we always respond generously to the overflowing blessings of the Earth. In this way, peace will follow.

Spiritual Practice:

The Jesus Prayer is an ancient spiritual practice from Orthodox Christianity. It is a way of connecting with the gracious spirit of Christ as we ask to receive his mercy.

The prayer comes from the scripture of the blind man calling Jesus to heal him. Silently enter prayer and let your breath become slow and even. Greet God and then take up the prayer phrase: Lord, Jesus Christ (as you breathe in)…have mercy on me (as you breathe out). Prayerfully repeat these words for several minutes (or 40 times). Breathe the presence of Christ into your mind, heart, and body. Be transformed as you receive the compassionate, peaceful heart of Jesus.

Peace Covenant:

I will be aware of blessings from you, God, from where my help comes.

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  1. great Christmas blessing and encouragement

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