The smell of warm apple crisp permeates my kitchen. The sink is full of dirty dishes that I’ve decided to let sit till morning. No, I did not use to do this. But I’ve come to realize, sometimes you just make time for other things, they will not run away 🙂 The house is quiet, and as I reflect on my day, I thought of our Sunday School lesson this past Sunday. We are learning about Ruth, and this particular lesson was about when she went to glean in Boaz’ fields. The verse that sticks with me is when Boaz instructed his workers to purposely drop extra grain for her to glean. He called them “handfuls of purpose”.
And the thought came to me, am I leaving “handfuls of purpose” for others? When was the last time I did something for someone? Tonight I felt I failed miserably at being a kind and gentle mother. You know how one thing snowballs into another, and you just feel downright grouchy? It went from a child being covered in mud, to complaining about what I made for supper, to unwillingness to help me with chores, etc. And I snipped and snapped, and was one grouchy woman. In fact, my dear hubby told me all I was doing was complaining. I did not respond well 🙂 In fact, I think I may have said, I’m allowed to complain sometimes. He was so right. I needed to be told that. I feel ashamed writing this. But God’s grace is there for when we mess up. And we do make mistakes time after time.
I want to my children to receive “handfuls of purpose” from me. I want to be an example to them. And not just to my children, but to others. Am I caring enough to take the time to help someone? To brighten someone’s day. So many times I think I’m busy. But there is nothing more rewarding than to give.
So that’s my challenge to you. Get out there and leave some “handfuls of purpose” for someone!