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The jugglers cup runneth over

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Malachi 3:10

I’ve heard and read this verse a ton of times. And the phrase that has always popped out to me is– “test me in this.” It’s one of those passages of the Bible that you read and think that it can’t literally be true.

If I trust God with my money will he really pour out so much blessing that I won’t know what to do?

Sounds like a load of bull spoken by a TV preacher trying to build his version of Disneyland, right?

As I’m learning– maybe not.

I don’t often write about things that are happening RIGHT NOW in my life. As much of myself as I share, I tend to let things percolate a little bit and mellow into principle before I try to capture my thoughts in words.

But the last few days I’ve just come home and looked at Kristen and said– “My life is crazy right now. I can’t hardly explain it. All awesome stuff.

Two photos really capture visually what I’m having a hard time processing into words.

1. The juggler.

Photo by Andy_Tyler via Flickr (Creative Commons)

My work life is a constant juggling act. Big projects, little projects, add leadership over one area and support over another. Go on the road to do one thing while keeping everything in order on something else. It’s a good kind of juggling. As my co-workers know, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even when I come home I’m still juggling all sorts of personal and McLane Creative projects. From a thriving garden to the latest social media campaign– I’ve just got a lot of balls in the air.

Juggling requires constant attention. And when people see a juggler they like to ask you one important question… can you juggle one more ball? Sometimes I shrug my shoulders yes and sometimes I shrug my shoulders no.

2. The overflowing cup

Photo by shioshvili via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Is Malachi 3:10 really literally true? It sure seems that way right now. The last month was filled with unexpected showers of awesome. Several people and organizations are asking for quotes for new web designs. Several outlets are looking for me to write for them. Our community group is doing some cool things. In a few weeks Lisa is coming here for the summer. In June, Kristen and I have planned an amazing local vacation capped off by a fun celebration. My second trip to Haiti is coming together and basically full. And in the last 2-3 days a whole new shower of unexpected blessings has come my way– earth shakingly awesome stuff, too!

If you bump into me these days I’ve kind of got this crazed mad Scientist look going. Buggy wide eyes, haven’t slept, and a scary perma grin.

OK, not that guy.

More like that.

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One Response to The jugglers cup runneth over

  1. Russell Earl Kelly May 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    True biblical HOLY tithes were always only food from inside God’s HOLY land of Israel which He had miraculously increased. Tithes could not come from what man increased or from outside Israel. Jesus, Peter and Paul did not qualify as tithe-payers. Although money was essential for sanctuary worship, money was never a tithe-able item.

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