June 10, 2020
Generous With Curiosity
June 10, 2020
This week, we’re going to dive deeply into the next Fruit of the Spirit: goodness. To set it apart, we’ll be framing it as generosity. Imagining together one distinct way we can exhibit generosity – or goodness – in our lives. To be truly generous, we have to slow ourselves down, pay close attention to ourselves and those around us and the leading of God’s Spirit.
Curiosity. Sometimes curiosity has a bad connotation. Like being nosy or eavesdropping. But with the right intentions, curiosity can transform. Nadia Bolz-Weber spoke to the current moment of racial injustice and the evil of white supremacy. She called us all to show some curiosity. She gave us permission to be beginners in this conversation. To risk getting it wrong sometimes so that we might eventually get it right. She’s right. It’s time to be generous with our curiosity. To assume we have more to learn about each other’s experiences. To assume we don’t actually understand what it means to live in a body that looks different than ours. Let’s be curious! Let’s be clumsy and be beginners and ask questions and be brave in our uncertainty. We were made for more than what we already know.
QUESTIONS FOR THE FIELD
- Why is it important for you to be generous with your curiosity?
- How will you be generous with your curiosity? (Either do something today or create a plan for the future and put it on your calendar)
Lord God, open my mind and my heart. Break me wide open to learn and to grow and to empathize. Open me up to the first steps of understanding so I may grow on a journey toward complete and perfect love. Amen.
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT CHALLENGE
For the duration of our sermon series, we are offering daily prompts for applying the wisdom from the scriptures to our everyday lives. Each week focuses on how we can encourage those around us and bear fruit! This week we are focusing on the fruit of goodness.
“Goodness is love in action.” – James Hamilton
What is God calling you to do today? Is there someone on your heart you can pray for?
To learn more about the Fruit of the Spirit challenge, click here.