Evelyn Underhill (1875–1941) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer and pacifist known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian mysticism. She shared some wisdom: “Take the present situation as it is and try to deal with what it brings you, in a spirit of generosity and love. God is as much in the difficult home problems as in the times of quiet and prayer. . . . Try especially to do God’s will there, deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.” I glean comfort (and empowerment) from her thoughts because she reminds me, wherever I am and whatever I’m facing or whoever I’m dealing with, I can choose to live in a spirit of generosity and love – and deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy and patience. This is good for me to remember, especially when I’m having a day like today. For you, it could be tomorrow or even next Thursday or it could be at a divisive meeting or disruptive classroom or a debilitating diagnosis or an unpleasant family matter. You understand, the transformative application this choice (your choice) has in everyday life can be significant. Here’s why. Living in a spirit of generosity and love changes the dynamics of the situation because it changes you. It changes how you deal with the situation. There is enough truth in this and if you don’t believe that, let me invite you to practice it every day and check out my premise. If you change how you see things, then the things you see change or something like that. If you change your response – to living in a spirit of generosity and love, you will be changed and that will change things. Also, it’s kind of what we need these days – don’t you think?
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”
How are you living in a spirit of generosity and love?
How can you become more patient?
Do you believe if you live with a spirit of generosity and love you can change things?
Prayer: Holy God, stir within me a desire to be bighearted, making the most of every opportunity to be filled with kindness. Let my choices be what you desire. Amen.