Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon greed. -- Richard J. Foster, Money, Sex & Power.
Remember when you were little & there was some dispute over a coveted toy? The admonition was always, "Share nicely now." I remember saying it often enough when my kids were little. Seems like God is still saying it to me.
Liddy came home for the weekend ~ theoretically it was for her birthday weekend, for which she will be in Tamworth. Ha! She slept here but I don't think she ate a single meal under her own roof. We saw almost nothing of her. There was a long long list of people who wanted to catch up with her: people she needed to see, people who wanted to see her, people she was obligated to see...even on the boats people drifted over to chat with her. Poor old Star got home & must have felt rather abandoned.
And doesn't the flesh want to scream, "What about ME?!" We are learning anew how to share because that's how it is. She's not just ours anymore ~ not that she ever was really but despite the bumpety old road the road to the mission field is proving to be it is still definitely the God~led path Liddy is travelling & certain things come with the territory. There are networking obligations with the church. There are people whom Liddy has been mentoring & people who are mentoring her. I'm exhausted & I'm not the one doing all the socializing. Her net is cast wide & lots of people are snared in it but this is the prayer base that will undergird everything she does & as necessary as the air she breathes. This too is what is meant by being part of the body of Christ: of letting go, of giving up, of the Lordship of Christ.
Liddy is sensitive to all this ~ one reason for Star's visit on the farm, but it is a delicate balancing act & almost impossible to keep everyone happy. There always seems to be one disgruntled friend who expects more than Liddy can reasonably give. So my prayer is that I am never an impediment ~ only a help & an encouragement & happy with the scraps that fall from the Lord's table. Loving & letting go 101 is not for God's wooses ~ & I have a nasty, sneaking suspicion it does not get any easier further down the track, just more of the same. Much, much more!