The Blessed Life – Using the right spoon at the right time.
Luke 6: 37-38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
To use ‘a sledgehammer to crack a nut’ means to use disproportionate force or expense to overcome a minor problem. It was first used in the USA in the 1850’s but instead of a nut it was a fly. We Brits have been sledgehammering nuts not fly’s since the 1950’s. Now who does such a thing? Have you seen the size of a nut and the size of a sledgehammer? Precisely! But what happens when those nuts are people?
How do you treat people?
We have all done it. We have all said things in the heat of the moment that we regret. Often they come back to bite us. Even when you try to help sometimes picking up a huge blade instead of a surgical scalpel is the wrong choice!
I think we need a small spoon (a teaspoon) and a big spoon (a ladle) in our toolkit of life.
When correcting and bringing discipline which is crucially important we use the small spoon.
When being generous we get the ladle out, we don’t hold back, we bless freely and fully. Have you ever seen someone use a small spoon of generosity, it is painful to watch as they don’t want to give too much, so they give just enough to show they are making a contribution. Jesus never asked for a contribution. (Qualifying this of course with the fact that the poor usually give ladle size portions which are spoon size portions for the rich).
When you are with people today choose your spoon carefully, it is the way to a blessed life!