Of Coffee And Generosity


So, I haven’t written in a while. My only excuse is that my studies have kept me pretty busy lately. Anyway, I thought I would write a little something today as we are about half way through Lent. ┬áThis has turned into quite the Lenten journey for me.

You see, I have been giving up cream and sugar in my coffee for a few years now and it has been pretty good. But the black coffee has gotten to be kind of like little sins in our lives. I have gotten used to it and it is really no big deal anymore.

Sound familiar?

So, this year I had a plan to kick it up a notch. I would cut out coffee all together. This has been pretty tough and I thought that I had found the way to having a good and meaningful Lent. It appears that God had his own ideas for me though. About three days into Lent, I was praying and it just kind of hit me, like Jesus saying to me

Robert, the coffee is a nice touch but what I really want from you this Lent is your wallet.

What? Surely, I did not hear that correctly. He wants me to be generous. To give without calculating the cost and not just about money about everything in your life. He was also like, keep doing the coffee that is a nice touch but what I really want is for you to adopt a generous heart.

The generous will be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. Proverbs 22:9

I know and have known for some time that I struggle in this area. I have had a couple of confirmations shortly afterward that this was indeed what God wanted from me. So, I have been working on  this. It has been hard at times but I pray for the grace to continue on my was to having a generous heart. Plus, God has given me plenty of chances to be generous and I have earnestly sought them out. Thank you, Jesus.

Ask God this Lenten season to show you what he wants from you instead of what you want to give up. You won’t be sorry.

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About Robert Lindberg

I am a convert to Catholicism and that has been the best thing ever in my life. I am currently in formation for the Diaconate in the Diocese of Austin. I have been married for 28 years to my wife Linda. I have 6 children and 2 grandchildren. I believe that we are all on a journey of discipleship. Some of us move slower than others. All that matters is that you are moving in the right direction. You can contact me at: Robert@DiscipleOnAjourney.org

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