In today’s Gospel, Jesus is teaching his disciples. Be merciful–as God is merciful. Don’t judge–and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn–you’ll escape condemnation. Forgive–you’ll be forgiven. Give–you’ll receive. The measure you give is the measure you’ll be given back. Press down your measure and let it overflow. This is what will be returned to you.
We have a choice to fill up our measures, shake them down, overfill them or we can half-heartedly sprinkle some of our gifts into the measure and offer this. What’s your measure doing? Being used to the fullest or sitting half-empty? Do you comprehend what happens when you’re merciful, non-judgmental, and forgiving? These are all returned to you when you least expect it and are most in need sometimes. You reap what you sow, we are told elsewhere in Scripture. I am learning the truth of this.
Some folks on my caseload gave me a Willow Tree figurine today called Lavender Grace. It is a perfect gift, acknowledging my love of purple and the grace I need to keep in each step of the journey ahead. Reaping what I have sown does not come easily to me but I do so with a grateful heart. What are you sowing?