Shaken, Not Stirred

14 12 2011
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Shaken, not stirred

Okay, I will use any excuse to post a pic of Sean Connery. However, if you’ll come along with me on my rabbit trail, I promise to tie this into our Bible Lesson today… one more peek at Mr. Connery… okay, here we go: Now, it was 1964 in the movie Goldfinger that our dear Bond… James Bond requested his cocktail to be “shaken, not stirred.” Love that.

However, it was over 2000 years ago that our Lord talked to us about “shaken together and running over…” Our Lord was talking about being merciful and the results of living a mercy-giving lifestyle. Let’s read that for ourselves: Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Markets (aka grocery stores) used to measure out your selections, weighing them on a scale and/or filling the goods in your apron or shirt front (bosom) before there was “paper or plastic.” Some markets gave better ‘measure’ than other markets. Soon those markets that gave abundance in their measuring and weighing were known to give: “good measure.”

How? Well, let’s say you were buying some dry oatmeal; enough to feed your family for the next few weeks. Dry, raw oatmeal is rather fluffy. However, if you went to a ‘good measure’ market, you would get that oatmeal: pressed down (gets the air pockets out), shaken together to get the hard uneatable kernels to roll off, and running over… that’s more than the exact pound or two that you asked for and at no charge!

Ever hear of a Baker’s Dozen? We all know that there are twelve (12) in a dozen. However, a ‘Baker’s Dozen,’ contains thirteen (13)… known as “one more for Good Measure.” It was hoped that a measure of trust, caring and connection would be established between the customer and the retailer so the customer would feel that they receive ‘good treatment/good measure’ at that particular store and would become a loyal, returning customer. It’s a little, merciful, humanizing effort to show fairness, caring and concern.

From this principle of our Lord Jesus we can understand that if we: Need a hug? Give a hug away to someone else. Need a friend? Show yourself to be friendly with someone today. Want new things? Give some of those nice items you no longer use to someone else who could use it. Miss having a Mom or Dad in your life? Go visit a nursing home and just listen; be a comfort; be the son or daughter they need today. We each must start the ball rolling. Give!

In the sixth chapter of Luke, Jesus is telling the crowd and His Disciples to life their lives among each other like this every moment of every day. Jesus is reassuring them that they are guaranteed a return on investment (so to speak) and that the results will be that they will always receive what they give out (good or bad) and extra beside.

That is either wonderful or horrible news; however, as always with the Lord: It is our own personal decision and we will be held accountable for all of our decisions. So, let’s agree with Bond… James Bond: I want my life in relation to others to be filled to the overflowing: Good measure, pressed down, shaken—not stirred!          Be Blessed.

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