I've been thinking about generosity...


For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:8-10).

I made up a phrase for people who bless instead of curse as they pass by. I call them "the light and the music" people. These people are the pleasant, agreeable people who bring good energy to our lives - leaving a lingering memory behind that uplifts and elevates. We feel better after interacting with them and when we check our emotional gas tank - we find that we have received a free fill-up!

I once read a metaphor for measuring the influence of relationships using the banking terms of deposits and withdrawals. We know in banking that we need to make more deposits than withdrawals into our account or we will end up in the red. Following the logic of the metaphor, if we don't make enough deposits in relationships around us, the relationships will fail to show a profit.

Some among us make deposits so regularly that we begin to depend on them to be generous givers of their precious energy to our poor, beleaguered spirits. However, have you ever stopped to notice how valuable and rare these people truly are?

May I mention here that I am blessed to be married to someone who is filled with "light and music" and who is uniquely gifted in the art of passing on that energy in the form of humor? If laughter is the music of the soul, then I have experienced the sweetest music imaginable.

But, now I turn my attention to understanding this concept so that I can make my own generous deposits. How can I further define what I mean by using the phrase "the light and the music?"

I am using the term "light" in regards to how little energy someone requires from me because they are easily endured with little difficulty or discomfort. I am using the term "music" in regards to the energy that flows into me when I hear an agreeable sound that is pleasing to my mind and my senses. Both of these things become profitable deposits into my own spirit.

It is interesting to note that The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be converted into matter and vice versa because energy cannot create energy.

I guess the only hope for those of us who don't necessarily carry around with us an abundance of energy, is to stay connected to the only true power source - God. His energy flows into us when we access His resources and then we have the amazing privilege of allowing His energy to flow through us into the lives of people we meet.

It has been said that there is a generous supply of heavenly light and music for those who are tuned in. Is it time to change your dial?