MY CUP OVERFLOWS: Possibilities


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We come to the end of our series My Cup Overflows with this week’s sermon, Possibilities.  We are constantly being drained of goodness and generosity, but what will refill our hearts and lives.  The possibilities are greater for people who have an overflowing cup because they live happier and longer lives!  They find strength and meaning which enables them to overcome the obstacles they confront.  As we come to this Thanksgiving Day what will fill your cup to overflowing.  Luke 6:31-39 helps us to find the fullness of a generous spirit.  These are the words of Jesus from Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Plain.  It begins with the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you desire them to do for you.”  To follow this rule is not only a challenge, but at times it seems like an impossibility.    Yet, if we listen to these words of Jesus, there is a far greater potential for a fullness in our lives that nothing in this world can take away!  It is our prayer that you sense this fullness as you read Luke 6:31-39.  Luke 6:31-39: Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?  (NIV)