as i was titling this post, i decided to see if i had ever titled a post this before. guess what? i had. odd that i thought of that, i think.
so, i had a small nudge from God last week. it started out simple enough, and only required me to send an email of encouragement to a friend.
it ended (well, technically it hasn't ended yet) with an idea, and me having to share it in all 3 services at church yesterday. yikes.
long story short, i think God nudged me into taking the Lenten season on in a new way. he did this by asking me to 'give' more of myself. and quite possibly he asked the other members of my church to do the same thing.
anywhoo, it was cool. of course the thought popped into my head more than once: 'what if God did NOT say this, and i am making it up?'
that is the funny thing about nudges. usually we can convince ourselves that they didn't happen if we would rather not do the thing we were nudged to do! i am famous for this, sadly enough.
i did get some confirmation though, yesterday. after i spoke about choosing to give back one thing to our church for all the things we receive regularly, a friend came up to me and said 'i hope you know you have made my week very unpleasant, because i don't want to do what i am supposed to do.'
he he. we laughed. i feel the same way, and yet obedience also feels good, we reminded ourselves.
another couple listened in first service, then proceeded to go out and buy a wonderful gift for our church kitchen, which they brought back and delivered in between 2nd and 3rd service. the husband said 'we've been meaning to do this for awhile, your message just pushed us over the edge.'
think about it. if we ALL did the things we are nudged to do - for good - for love - for God - for others - more often, our world would be so much more 'right.' i have to remember that this week as God shows me more and more what He means by putting this in the Bible:
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
happy week, everyone!