Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself telling the story of the hummingbird on many occasions in many different contexts. Most recently was this past Saturday during a conversation about simplicity and the holidays during our Harvest Weekend.
Simple living is at the heart of an abundant life – a life focused on gratitude, generosity, compassion for all of creation, and authenticity. It is about relationship and acknowledging the other in our choices, purchases, and interactions. It is about being a hummingbird in a consumer-based culture demanding instant gratification and more stuff.
In Mark’s gospel, before Jesus delivers his command that the rich young ruler to sell all his possessions, Jesus looks lovingly at the man. Jesus offers him grace. What strikes me as interesting about the story is that we don’t ever hear what the rich young ruler chooses. I like to think that, like the hummingbird, over a period of weeks or months or years the rich young ruler did as Jesus asked. He chose abundance, gratitude, generosity, compassion, and authenticity.
One little thing is a good place to start. This year I’m making reused fabric drawstring bags instead of wrapping paper. What will your hummingbird action be?
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