The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life, Chapter 5 - by Ann Voskamp



The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life, Chapter 5 - by Ann Voskamp

It is beyond the realm of possibiities that one has the ability to out give God.

Even if I give the whole of my worth of Him,

He will find a way to give back to me much more than I gave. 

(Charles Spurgeon)

 

The soul craves more than only communication; it seeks communion. Is the most authentic communication always a kind of comunion?...

 

Can I trust that He's enough in me to make me enough?...

 

Learning the art of living is learning the art of giving. For God so loved that He gave... The art of giving is believing there is enough love in you, that you are loved enough by Him, to be made enough love to give. For God so loved that He gave... Is there any word more powerful than giving? Thanksgiving. Forgiving. Care-giving. Life-giving. Everything that matters in living comes down to giving... The love of God always gives, always breaks itself and gives - to give joy...

 

God is most glorified in us when we are most enjoying Him -- and giving others the joy of Him...

 

There is no life worth living without generosity because generosity is a function of abundance mentality. And abundance mentality is a function of identity and intimacy. When you know you are loved enough, that you are made enough, you have abundantly enough to generously give enough...

 

Live every day like you're terminal. Because you are. Live every day like your soul's eternal. Because it is...

 

Give IForward Today. Be the GIFT. Give Him. Maybe the only abundant way forward is always to give forward... There are people Giving IForward Today, and don't think that every gift of grace, every act of kindness, isn't a quake in a heart that moves another heart to give, that moves another heart to give, that grows into an avalanche of grace...
 
Those who perform five acts of giving over six weeks are happier than those who don't... when you give, you get reduced stress hormone levels, lowered blood pressure, and increased endorphines... acts of kindness reduce anxiety and strengthen the immune system. Five random acts of kindness in a week can increase happiness for up to three months later. "He gives by cartloads to those who give by bushels," writes Spurgeon...
 
Maybe giving is the shape of what love is -- cruciform. Love gives. "Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back--given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way." ...
 
Love gives, and huge acts to try to make someone happy don't make anyone as hugely happy as simply doing small acts to make someone feel loved. It's strange how that is: everybody wants to change the world, but nobody wants to do the small thing that makes just one person feel loved...
 
First steps always seem like not enough, but they are the bravest and they start the journey to where you're meant to go. It takes great trust to believe in the smallness of beginnings...
 
Spending yourself is how you multiply joy...
 
"Every Christian," wrote Lewis, "is to become a little Christ..." We exist to be Little Christs. Not Little Ladder Climbers. Not Little Control Freaks. Not Little Convenience Dwellers. Simply little giving Christs. Not ever in a way that's divine, but simply, always, and in every way, disciples. The term Christian means exactly that -- "little Christ"... and that ending in the original Greek -- ianos -- it means to be patterned after something... Dietrich Bonhoeffer's words reverberate: "When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die." ... Come die. In a thousand ways. "Give me all. I want you. I want you all." Give not only all my best, but even all my brokenness? ...
 
Hand over your whole self. Your whole broken self. Givenness. Because this is far easier than pretending to be whole and not broken. There is a strange sense of surrender happening, a surrender in all things. The heart has to be broken and plowed and re-sown if it's going to yield. The change must go deeper than the surface. This is only the beginning. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 



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