Friday, January 28, 2011

presuming on riches


How little it takes sometimes
to bring a bit of joy to a child's life.

As we work to build bridges of trust and of kindness
with these little ones who come to our gate,
we see faces light up,
and smiles beam.

But kindness
is sometimes taken as a right.
Thanks are neglected.
More kindness is demanded the next day.

How do we impart something of God's love
without creating unhealthy expectations?

We have no easy answers.

Then I read it, in Romans, words that humble me.
Words revealing that God faces
the exact same challenge with me.

Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness
and forbearance
and patience,
not knowing that God’s kindness is meant
to lead you to repentance?
Romans 2:4

How often does He also bring joy to my life,
prove Himself trustworthy,
demonstrate kindness?

And yet I, in my poverty,
with ingratitude
and with an attitude of entitlement,
presume to look for more
instead of responding with thanksgiving
and a change of heart and action.

In His faithfulness He uses even this
to teach me more of His goodness and patience...


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4 comments:

Kay Heritage said...

#71 Reading us5 blog post and my heart encouraged

us5 said...

yay! still counting God's gifts!

Rosalie said...

Don't you just love how He fathers us through the very simplest of illustrations in our daily lives? He the best Daddy. Love you all and miss you!

us5 said...

love and miss you, too, Rosalie!