It’s a Sanskrit word with origins in India and is a key concept in several religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism. And according to these wisdom traditions, you can acquire good karma, or bad karma.
Basically, good karma refers to the belief that good intentions and good deeds lead to a good future coming your way. Conversely, bad intentions and bad deeds will attract bad karma and bad things in your future.
In other words, what goes around, comes around.
Jesus gives us that very same advice in this week’s final scripture selection of our summer series, easy 2016. And I think he perfectly sums up all our series’ mantras in this one, matter-of-fact verse.
Think about it. When you’re open and loving and compassionate and generous and kind and accepting of people AND in life and it’s circumstances, don’t you find yourself (for the most part) receiving the same in return? And when you approach people and life and situations with judgement and pessimism and skepticism and haughtiness, you find yourself most often inundated with anxiety, anger, misfortune, disappointment and paranoia. And that is certainly NOT the abundant life Jesus wants us to live.
Jesus reminds us today that the best way to live an “easy life” is to approach every day with good intentions and lovingkindness to everyone and everything…including ourselves. Approach life with the intent to encourage people, not knock them down. Make a conscious effort (and I KNOW it will sometimes feel like EFFORT…) to build people up, notice their positive qualities, and focus on their gifts. The energy you release into the world when you do this is supernaturally and exponentially multiplied.
Couldn’t we all use a little good karma these days? Yeah, I think so, too.
So here’s the scoop. As we wind down this series (and I pray for each of you that God has ministered to you in new and fresh ways this summer), why not spend the next few weeks cultivating good intentions? Why not CHOOSE to see the good in people instead of ruminating on the bad? Why not CHOOSE to be an encourager instead of a critic? For some of us, it may be a challenge to change the way we see this world and how we react to it. But scripture assures us in that doing so will change our lives, and the lives of our people, for the better.
It’s a simple mantra: “Today, I will encourage my people”. Say it to yourself when you get up. Say it to yourself at breakfast, at the grocery store, at lunch, and in traffic. Say it in those witching hours of 4pm to 6pm when things start to fall apart (especially if you have kids under 6…). Say it as your grace-prayer before dinner. And say it at bedtime before you drift off to sleep. See what that might do to change the energy around you and in your people. And then sit back and enjoy it as it comes back around to you.
It’s been such a great pleasure to “surf” through these last eight, easy weeks with you. I hope you’ve found a little wisdom, a great new recipe or two, and some good books and music to enjoy. As always, I get just a smidge of melancholy as we end a series. But even more than that, I get SUPER excited to get going on the next study God has inspired us to choose! (More on that in the coming weeks, but for now, simply mark your calendars for a mid-September start date! It’s a great one and you won’t want to miss it!)
Here’s the link to our very last week of easy goodies (mantra/scripture card, and a recipe for chicken and waffles!!!)
And here’s the link to our last song for the summer series! It’s a great way to end, sweet friends: Matt Maher’s “All the People Said Amen”! LOVE it!
AND…get excited to read our August book by the incredible Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect! I AM SO EXCITED TO BE GOING TO HER BOOK RELEASE PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT!!! EEEEEEEEKKKKKK!!!!! I’ll blog about it next week! I encourage you to order it now – it comes out August 9th!
AND, if you’re local, don’t forget to RSVP for our end of series wrap up party! We’ll post pictures and a recap from it on August 11th!
Thank you so much for joining us this summer! I pray the rest of your summer is fantastic and that God keeps your precious self in the palm of His precious hand until we meet back here again.
PS – Be sure to check back here at the toward the end of August for our REVEAL of our Fall 2016 Series! It’s wonderful… 😉