I’m not a Religious nut, honest i’m not. Spiritually hungry; Yes! I’m very sensitive to people who approach me from what I call “Religious High Ground” because for me there is a huge difference between being Religious and being Spiritual. I drank Religiously for years and I’ve studied where that got me! Not so good.
The message I want to share is based on my Spiritual Hunger. It’s about listening really, listening to that “Still, Small Voice” you know the one I mean, it’s speaking to you now! It’s asking you “What Still, Small Voice”
I had a meeting scheduled with a great friend of mine. We try and meet regularly for coffee. I always look forward to it because he’s such a positive guy. He’s always so considerate. Not just in thought, but in his actions. He demonstrates his generosity in very tangible ways. His name is Jean Wayne Belliveau. JWB is my Financial Advisor and a great one at that.
Anyways. As I was driving to the meeting and thinking about some of the things I wanted to share with him and glean from him, I kept getting this intrusive thought! I don’t know why, it just kept surfacing and if thoughts have volume then this thought was getting louder and louder.
It almost took on Colour! Ecclesiastes 11, just kept flashing before my mind’s eye. I got to the meeting and JWB was already there, seated, beaming, and had a coffee sitting there waiting for me. See what I mean about his giving heart?
We got into a great conversation and discussed things like, Listening, Creating Space in Conversations, Vulnerability, Giving, Compassion, Silence and other topics that we are both passionate about. I mentioned to him that I felt prompted by Ecclesiastes 11, but didn’t know what it was about. I certainly don’t often quote scripture but scripture is a way I measure things in my life.
As soon as I got home from the meeting I pulled out my Recovery Bible, a bible I received as a gift to help me work through a fearless moral inventory as I sought a better way for my life. It’s been on every office desk i’ve had since 1995. A great tool. It’s helped me often.
Well I opened it up to Ecclesiastes 11
“The Value of Generosity”
Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later. Divide your gifts among many, for the days ahead you yourself may need much help. If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow- perhaps they all will.
For those of you who may be reading this and have chosen the same path I have for a second or third career. (Network Marketing) Our task, job, responsibility if you wish is nothing more than being generous with the gifts we have. The biggest gift from my perspective is simply to share your story with people. Let them know there are options to some of the difficult situations that they are faced with. The most generous thing you can do for others is share your time. Don’t be concerned with how or what they do with what you give them, simply give it to them. Then watch as it begins to be returned. I’m 100% positive you will be amazed. Do it unconditionally.
Have a great day….unless you have other plans.