June 16, 2010

in the generous life

This friend of mine amazes me.  The other night at a gathering, she was heading for the house to get something (we were hanging around outside by a fire pit) and a kid (not even her own) said, “Can I come with you?”  I would have said no.  I would have made an excuse and made the errand quickly by myself.  Her answer? “Of course you can.”  And her tone of voice said how welcome he was and how she would enjoy his company.  I felt like poo. My answer would have made the kid feel small and unwelcome.

I wonder how often, for the sake of time or convenience or whatever, I say no, when saying yes would mean a good deal of difference to someone.  And in thinking about husbands, how often do we say no with little thought (like the default setting is “no”)?  Perhaps we need to reconsider and change our default to “yes.”

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.  Jean Annouilh

Be generous!  Lori <><

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Valerie Jones June 16, 2010 at 2:17 am

Thanks….I needed that.


Casey June 16, 2010 at 7:01 am

We all needed that reminder. I know I have to make a conscious effort to put efficiency aside for the sake of building up others at home, church and work. Thank you!


Rebecca June 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Amy June 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I do this too – A LOT. A similar situation came up recently – I am always embarassed at my initial reactions. I am working hard to change my “defaults”.


Becky June 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I need this more for my kids sake. It was a good reminder. Thanks!


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