He gave the wine freely to anyone who wanted it. He poured out the best of himself to all he encountered.

Laurie Beth Jones

“Oh bother” or “I could get the hang of this”

The hits just keep coming.

Taking break to do a quick devotional, I just read my first chapter (not THE first chapter, but one random chapter starting on page 138) of Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadershipa book our boss bought us maybe 6 or 8 months ago. The chapter is titled: “He Served Only the Best Wine.”

Quick summary: “Jesus did not keep himself in reserve. The first miracle that Jesus performed was turning water into wine at a wedding. Jesus poured out the best of his affection freely to all he encountered.”

I don’t do that. I bottleneck my emotional and relational energy to a large degree, not wanting to expose myself and become vulnurable to hurt and pain. Jesus loved recklessly and with abandon. He didn’t save himself for some ambiguous time or person in the future.

Author Laurie Beth Jones continues:

This is an important action skill becaue we so often bestow affection in small droplets for people… Why do we wait to serve the wine? Jesus, like so many young people today, never reached the age of forty… He gave the wine freely to anyone who wanted it. He poured out the best of himself to all he encountered.

So, as annoying as all this revelation has been the past few days (it’s hard to get a handle on how to go about changing in so many ways), it’s also very encouraging that God desires to mold me SO MUCH. Must mean he has some pretty neat plans he’s longing to set in motion!

More lessons from the vine… This is the means to a very fruitful end–an end enabling me to serve very, very sweet wine.

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

2 Comments

Julie

about 12 years ago

Sometimes the hardest part of change is forcing ourselves to do it. Go with baby steps, make a plan, and force yourself to follow through. I know from experience that altering the way you do things is not fun, but Jesus helps a lot so its okay. :) I think this blog is helping a little though because you write stuff that you normally wouldn't just tell people. So that's a good step! :)

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