When my mom became a grandma, she made a declaration to herself, “I’m going to say yes to this grandchild when I can.” She explained that when children ask, it’s so much easier to say “no” than “yes” and often no born out of exhaustion, not a true “no, you can’t build a fire in the living room just to see what happens” kind-of-a-no.
As adults, it’s tempting to say no out of protection or weariness of being hurt. Or to say yes out of people pleasing.
Instead of saying yes when we can, we say firm no’s and mushy, guilt ladened yes’s.
We have trouble with the balance between being frivolous and too sparing. We have trouble being extravagant.
But look at the beauty of creation! The variety, the colors, the flavors, the shapes, the sounds!
Extravagance, extravagance, extravagance. In every nook and cranny.
There isn’t mere green, there are so many shades of green that we stop for a moment here and just think about green, our minds and souls go running around.
And tea can tasted like mint or nasty licorice or soothing English Breakfast.
A voice can display so much more than mere words.
We live in a world that either goes over-the-top and says yes to point of wastefulness or no to the point of poverty.
Eden was a land of extravagance that peeks into our world often enough to remind us this, this is how you were meant to live. If not now, in the world waiting for you.
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Where do you see extravagance in your day?